Dobson stepping into the spotlight
HUNTINGTON -- As Aaron Dobson prepared this week for the Senior Bowl all-star game in Mobile, Ala., the nation reiterated a trend that people in Marshall University football circles and across West Virginia had done for years.
That trend? Comparisons of Dobson to Randy Moss.
It's hard not to compare them. Same position, similiar attributes, from the same area, same college.
It's something Dobson has become familiar with throughout the years.
And with Moss headed to Super Bowl XLVII with the San Francisco 49ers this week, Dobson said he's flattered to draw those comparisons.
"It's always good being compared to Moss," Dobson said. "That's a great thing for any player."
Make no mistake, though.
Dobson's focus is not on being the NFL's next Randy Moss or the next great wide receiver from the state of West Virginia to make the league.
The South squad defeated Dobson and the North team, 21-16, on Saturday and he didn't catch any passes after reportedly impressing NFL scouts during the week of practice leading up.
"This Senior Bowl was a big thing for me to be able to play hard, go out there and show what I can do so I can make my own name and my own legacy," Dobson said. "This definitely gives me a chance to make my own name."
For Dobson, the comparisons to Moss started during his high school days at South Charleston when observors around Oakes Field saw the attributes they had seen when Moss was running pass routes for DuPont High School, which has since consolidated with East Bank to form Riverside.
Dobson said Moss' presence in the Kanawha Valley transcends football and that is especially evident with Moss going to the Super Bowl in his 14th season and Dobson getting prepared for his professional career.
"It's definitely exciting to see him going to another Super Bowl," Dobson said. "That gives people in my hometown hope that somebody made it from where we're from.
"I want to be the next guy that makes it from Charleston."
Moreso, however, he just wants to be Aaron Dobson.