May 2, 2016 | By: Kody Kiser, Amy Jones-Timoney

Even as a kid, former University of Kentucky football player Randall Cobb was always thinking about setting goals and figuring out how to reach them.  But the current Green Bay Packers wide receiver wasn’t just focused on the game of football. 

“I’ll be the first one to graduate (college) in my immediate family,” said the Tennessee native. “That’s something I always thought about as kid.”

On Sunday, May 8, Cobb will walk across the stage during the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremony at Rupp Arena, as his family and friends watch with pride.

“That day will probably be the biggest one for my family and for me personally,” Cobb said. “I think that achievement is going to be bigger than any success I could have on the field because on that day I will have set a standard for my family and anyone that comes after me.”

Cobb says what he has learned by majoring in  community and leadership development in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment already helps him on the field.

“Probably my favorite class here was my leadership studies class with Grace Gorrell, or ‘Mama G,’ as I called her,” Cobb said with a wide grin. “I just always wanted to be the best leader I could be because I felt that that would help me on the field and in life. Just the way that she pushed us to be the best version of ourselves, that is something I’ve taken on in my life — being able to push myself and be the best version of myself and push the people around me to be the best version of themselves.”

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