Dobbs’ football career began at the age of eight years old when he played for the Detroit Titans on the east side of Detroit in the PAL league.
Believe it or not, Dobbs did not know if he was going to enjoy football or not. All he did know was that he enjoyed watching the sport on television with his father.
“I was sitting in the living room watching the Chiefs vs. the Seahawks, probably,” Dobbs said. “I started learning more about it and then when I started playing football, I just fell in love with it.”
Always one of the bigger kids, Dobbs found his home on the offensive line right from the beginning. First playing guard, he eventually moved out to tackle.
As he grew in the sport, he also continued to learn anything he could while watching the pros play on Sundays. Emulating offensive lineman like Dallas’ Tyrone Smith and Washington’s Brandon Scherff.
“Brandon Scherff, he’s just really nasty,” Dobbs said. “You always see him running down field and finishing plays. Tyrone Smith, just the way his body looks, even though he’s an offensive lineman, he’s really built and cut and ripped.”
Whether watching other athletes or his own film, Dobbs is willing to do whatever it takes to learn more about the game. Every game and every practice is a chance to apply recently learned skills and gain new ones.
“I love to compete,” Dobbs said. “I’m fierce. I’m athletic, strong and I’m willing to learn. I’m like a sponge. I just love the game and love the relationships through the game.”
Although offensive lineman are usually not the players receiving the spotlight during games, Dobbs has come to love the diversity of challenges that come with being a lineman.
“I like going against diverse guys,” Dobbs said. “Some of them are speed rushers, others are power and some would be balanced. It’s a much more athletic position.