The Associated Press just released a story on former players joining a lawsuit against the NFLthat claims teams kept handing out painkillers and other drugs with few safeguards as recently as 2012.
The story includes a quote from former UNT great Patrick Cobbs. The UNT Hall of Famer joined the New England Patriots in 2006 as an undrafted free agent and then caught on as running back with the Miami Dolphins through 2010. Cobbs said he started taking painkillers to deal with hip and rib injuries in 2007-08.
“It seemed like the norm then,” Cobbs said. “Now, you know what that’s done to you and it seems so wrong.”
Cobbs recently joined the coaching staff at Denton Ryan.
Cobbs is the second-leading rusher in UNT history with 4,050 yards and won the national rushing title in 2003, when he rushed for 1,680 yards.
The 2003 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year sprained his knee in a loss to Florida Atlantic in the second game of the 2004 season, missed the next two games and then elected to take a medical redshirt. He returned to UNT’s backfield in 2005, rushed for 1,154 yards and broke the school’s career rushing record.
Cobbs career mark of 4,050 career rushing yards was subsequently passed by current Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar in 2011. Dunbar rushed for 4,224 yards in four seasons at UNT.
Cobbs had reconstructive knee surgery during his time with the Dolphins.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report