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SD native Hobbs answers the Chargers call

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 14, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    San Diego native answers Chargers' call
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    Michael Gehlken

    Last week, Arthur Hobbs received a suspicious phone call.

    The man said he was from the Chargers. He claimed to have an opportunity for him. He invited the Division II cornerback, a San Diego native, to try out for his hometown team's 90-man roster.

    Yeah ... Right ...

    "I thought it was a prank call at first," Hobbs, 22, said. "But he was like, 'Yeah, I talked to your agent already. We're set up for a three-day tryout.'"

    The call was authentic. The three-year contract Hobbs signed on Monday was, too.

    In what he repeatedly called a "blessing," the 2008 Mount Miguel High grad became one of two free agents to sign with the Chargers following rookie minicamp. Defensive tackle Garrett Brown, a former Chiefs practice squad player, inked a one-year deal.

    Forgive Hobbs for wondering if he was being duped on the phone.

    He was a one-year varsity starter at Mount Miguel. The big schools passed on him, and he attended Grossmont College. Two years later, with little fanfare, he transferred to Nebraska-Kearney, where he dazzled as a senior.

    Then his college career ended, and it got quiet — very quiet.

    In March, he attended San Diego State's pro day. In April, the draft came, and it went. Hundreds of undrafted rookies signed with teams afterward. Not Hobbs.

    But the phone finally rang, and Tom Karlo says he's so glad it did.

    Karlo, now at Grossmont High, was Hobbs' head coach at Mount Miguel. He called Hobbs a "classic late bloomer."

    "If you would have looked at our team in '07 and said, 'This guy is going to sign with the Chargers,' there were probably 10 or 12 guys that they would have said before him," Karlo said. "That's not to disparage him. He worked for one of my coaches at a rec center. We hired him because he was a hard worker and a good character kid.

    "For a guy like that to sign a free-agent contract, that's phenomenal. That gives tons and tons of kids hope. He was a good high school football player, and where he is now is truly remarkable."

    As a senior in Nebraska, Hobbs had 54 tackles and led the Lopers with six interceptions and 18 pass breakups. In one game, he intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns, setting a Division II record with 214 return yards.

    Mike Jordan, head coach at Grossmont, described him Monday as a "good, tough, hard-nosed kid."

    "He'll do anything you ask him to do," Jordan said. "Plenty of raw ability. He just worked hard at it. You could see his progression every year, getting better and better. He made first-team All-American at Nebraska-Kearney. Now, look where he is now. That's great. Phenomenal. Love it."

    Hobbs is the 22nd undrafted rookie from the 2012 class the Chargers have signed since the draft.

    He found out he made the team Sunday when defensive coordinator John Pagano waved him over after rookie minicamp concluded.

    "I was like, 'Ah, man. What did I do, coach?'" Hobbs said. "He said, 'You didn't do anything. We want to sign you. Don't you want to stay?' I thought he was kidding. 'Heck yeah, I want to stay!' It's definitely a blessing."

    Brown wrapped up his college career in 2009 at Minnesota, where he started 33 of 47 games. He made the Chiefs practice squad in 2010 but was released before the season.

    Dombrowski limited (No duh)

    Chargers guard-tackle Brandyn Dombrowski is currently out of action, wearing a boot over his right foot.

    The ailment doesn't appear to be serious.

    Coach Norv Turner called it a "little bit of a strain."
     
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  2. Ikeman83

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    He's 5-11, 190. I guess this is our depth signing at CB :-D
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    The same size as Darrelle Revis....... your point?
     
  4. Ikeman83

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    my point was that it wasn't included in the article.
     
  5. Bolts4lyfe

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    Ha! the coach is named Mike Jordan

     
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  6. Lance19

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    I know Mike Jordan.
    And trust me, he can dunk over Troy Verner!



    p.s. And, oh! GREAT story about Hobbs...fairytale stuff! :)
     
  7. Blue Bolt

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    It's the U-T you're talking about....... your point? ;)
     
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    Hobbs is #24
     
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    He plays well-off the receiver. He'll fit right in.
     
  10. SuperCharger92

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    its a 3 day contract not a 3 year correct? He looks like a pretty good prospect..
     
  11. Blue Bolt

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    That does need clarification. Since he says "Monday", I'm assuming he meant the Monday following the three-day workout. That would mean that his deal is for 3 years, which would be long for a guy destined for the practice squad. They must see real potential in the guy.
     
  12. Bolts4lyfe

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    All UDFA's sign 3 yr contracts part of the new CBA
     
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    OK, I missed that...... it's only vets that can sign shorter deals? Interesting. ;)
     
  14. Bolts4lyfe

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    yeah it doesn't make sense IMO, Hobbes signs 3 years while the other guy we just signed that came from KC's practice squad only 1 year because he was a 2010 player
     

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