"I'm pleased as punch. I'm proud of him," Bobby Dobson said. "I thank the Lord every day. Coming from a small town like we are in Dunbar, you don't have many that have made that transition from the college ranks, where we've had so many great college players."
Bobby Dobson, who coaches track and field at SC High, coached his son in middle school track, witnessing the roots of his athleticism. From there, Aaron also began his successful basketball and football careers.
At Marshall, Bobby Dobson was among the 22,456 who witnessed his son's stupefying backhand touchdown catch in the 2011 regular-season finale against East Carolina. But that wasn't Dad's favorite "there's my son" play.
"My favorite play was that touchdown against WVU, the 90-something-yarder," he said. "And if we could have finished up that game, it would have definitely been sealed as my favorite play."
Remember that Aaron Dobson outran a future NFL defensive back, Keith Tandy, to snag that Brian Anderson throw in stride. That pretty much answered all questions about whether he had sufficient speed for the Herd's "X" position.
Bobby Dobson saw that evolution and explains it well.
"As a young kid, he was extremely fast, ran a lot of AAU track," he said. "I think, during middle school and the first part of high school, he started to grow in length. He started to run frightened, to me. I don't know if he was awkward in trying to catch up with his [height], whatever, but it seemed like once he got in college, he steadied up and he's gotten back to that speed he had as a youth."
And then some. That speed helped place Aaron Dobson in the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, and has had him interviewing with just about all 32 teams since. He has trained in Knoxville, Tenn., with Bobby Petrone, a longtime trainer of Chad Pennington who also had mentored MU alum Lee Smith.
Teams have been calling Aaron Dobson this week to tell him they're planning to take him, but the only certainty there is uncertainty. Tonight, and really Friday, the waiting process begins.
The family, including Aaron, will gather at the Dobson residence in Dunbar, playing cards and other games during all that down time between picks.
"I think I'm past the nervous part. I'm more anxious like he is. I just want to see where he's going to be," Bobby said. "Hopefully it's a good fit, as far as the offense, receiving corps, quarterback and things of that nature, where he can go in and make an impact.
"It's going to be a steep learning curve, but I'll still put him against anybody out there."
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