In the life of 22-year-old quarterback Josh Dobbs, there are no off days.
Dobbs graduated from Tennessee with a degree in aerospace engineering Thursday, walking across the graduation stage at Thompson-Boling Arena. On Friday, he was at the first day of rookie minicamp for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“A lot of excitement,” Dobbs said about his graduation, according to WBIR.com. “Especially to spend the day with a lot of people you went to school with. We spent a lot of time in the library across campus. It’s definitely exciting to graduate and spend it with great friends and familiar faces.”
Dobbs’ graduation cap probably best summed up his quick transition from engineering degree to the NFL. He had both Tennessee and his new football team proudly featured on the top.
— Luke Slabaugh (@LukeWBIR) May 11, 2017
The Steelers drafted Dobbs in the fourth round, ironically with the exact same pick (135th) that the Dallas Cowboys selected quarterback Dak Prescott a year earlier. Prescott went on to earn a Pro Bowl bid and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award during his first season.
Prescott received his chance to play because of an injury to starter Tony Romo during the preseason. Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has missed a handful of games each of the last two years, but Landry Jones is the team’s current backup. Dobbs will have to learn the playbook quickly and outplay Jones to earn playing time should “Big Ben” get hurt.
It's not rocket science but Josh Dobbs takes a few snaps pic.twitter.com/LanegKH5tF
— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) May 12, 2017
Of course, the Steelers playbook and outperforming Jones might be child’s play compared to an aerospace engineering degree.