Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb and quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected again Sunday, but this time it had nothing to do with football.
Cobb achieved a lifelong dream, participating in graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky. And Rodgers, who attended the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, was on hand in Lexington, Ky., for the special moment. Reporter Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader tweeted out a photo.
Cobb still is a few credit hours shy of obtaining his degree in community and leadership development in the school’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, but was permitted to walk in the ceremony.
Cobb said he will complete his degree requirements in August and become the first member of his immediate family to graduate from college.
“Education is important,” Cobb said last week in a video produced by the school. “The older I get, the more I understand how important it really is. Yes, I’ve been able to be really successful on the field. But I want to be successful in as many fields as I can.”
Cobb, who signed a four-year, $40 million contract before the 2015 season, acknowledged that he has done well financially in football. But he said he's also looking past his playing career.
“Yes, I’ve made a lot of money, and if I take care of my money the right way, then I will have financial security," Cobb said in the video. "But there’s going to be a lot of other things that I want to do in life that I need an education for.”
Rodgers was among the many offering congratulations.