Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs is a unique football player.
Becoming a professional athlete takes serious commitment, yet he was able to approach his college studies and football with that intensity. His degree from Tennessee is in aerospace engineering.
For him, football and engineering go hand-in-hand, because he likes them for similar reasons.
“I played quarterback growing up because it is a very strategic game, strategic position. It’s a chess match with the other team,” Dobbs said in a Steelers.com interview. “A lot goes into it. Interacting with your teammates, studying your playbook. Understanding your schemes and the defensive schemes. It’s a chess match. I enjoy the puzzle being an engineer. Engineers go out and fix problems.
“As a quarterback that is your mindset, fix the problems presented by the defense and go out and figure out how to move the team down the field. I enjoy that aspect of the game.”
Now he will get spend all of his time and energy learning how to better break down opposing defenses. His professors with the Steelers will be two of the best, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
If Dobbs’ studies with them go as well as his engineering studies did in college, maybe one day he’ll find himself as the Steelers’ starting quarterback.
This story originally appeared on All22. It was written by Stephen Knox.