Player Spotlight: Aaron Dobson
Aaron Dobson is the 6-foot-3-inch, 200 pound wide receiver that the New England Patriots signed in the second round of the NFL draft. As a rookie, Dobson has done a remarkable job at gaining a fan base and handles all of the press attention exceptionally well.
When asked his thoughts on becoming a member of the New England Patriots, Dobson told Boston.com, “It's an exciting time. Just to have the opportunity to play in the NFL and to play for a great team like the Patriots. It's just a blessing from the man above. I'm just excited to hit the ground running.”
You may not be familiar with Dunbar, W. Va. It is a rural, small city with roughly 8,000 residents. That is Dobson’s hometown.
For college ball, Dobson made the decision to play for Marshall University. During his time there, Dobson had 165 career receptions and 24 touchdowns.
So while his college statistics may have been impressive, there were a lot of young athletes out there vying to get drafted. What drew the interest of one of the best teams in the NFL? Bill Belichick, reported by the Providence Journal, said “Usually, when you get a good basketball player, those guys usually have pretty good ball skills in terms of handling the ball: strong hands in being able to keep it and quick hands, being able to snatch it and handle it cleanly and, hopefully, without losing it.”
While playing the Pittsburgh Steelers (55-31 victory for the Pats), Dobson made headlines for having not one, but two touchdowns. He also racked up 130 yards that game.
Facing the New York Jets, Dobson quickly wowed sports fans for catching a 39-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady.
When speaking to Dennis & Callahan, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said this about Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, “Those guys are doing as good as you could have ever possibly imagined…They’re forced into a situation where they’re having to carry most of our offense. They’re doing as good a job as they possibly can.”
Dobson is 22-years old. Typing his name into a search engine provides 3+ million results. And he started his first season in the NFL with the New England Patriots. He may be out with a foot injury currently, but we certainly have not seen the last of Aaron Dobson yet…