the Look in his Eye
Darryl Hobb's Focus is on the Game of Football
Mark Nelson - XFLBoard.com
Position - WR
College - University of Pacific
Height - 6'3
Weight - 180 lbs.
Born: May 23, 1968
Last Club: Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
Hometown: Victoria, TX
XFL P.A.S.S.: No. 414 overall pick by the Memphis Maniax
Hobbs is a six-year NFL veteran and played with the Raiders,
Saints and Seahawks. In 14 games with New Orleans and Seattle
in 1997, Hobbs caught seven passes for 85 yards and a pair
of touchdowns. From 1992 to 1996, he played with the Los
Angeles and Oakland Raiders, and was the second receiver
along side Tim Brown. He caught 87 passes for 1,087 yards
and six touchdowns over those five seasons. Before joining
the XFL Hobbs played briefly with the Montreal Alouettes
of the CFL in 1999.
A Texan born and raised, Hobbs grew up like many kids
admiring the Dallas Cowboys. In particular, he was a fan
of playmakers Tony Hill and Drew Pearson who played the
game with class, and whose heroic catches drew excitement
to the sport. Hobbs emulated their game-play throughout
college, where he made a name for himself as a leading
receiver at Pacific University, and was a favorite target
for quarterback Craig Whelihan, who coincidentally now
joins Hobbs as a teammate with the Memphis Maniax. The
reunion has made Darryl feel right at home in Memphis
and he is ready for the opportunity to shine in XFL.
views the XFL as an opportunity for breakout players,
who have never been afforded a chance to demonstrate their
ability, to step up and unveil their talents. And judging
by the front page of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, prominently
displaying a picture of Hobbs after the league's opening
weekend, Hobbs is one of those players. In the Maniax
home opener against the Bolts, Hobbs caught two passes
for 67 of the team's 173 passing yards, including a catch
that resulted in a 49-yard touchdown. As a veteran receiver,
Hobbs has the hands that will unquestionably create a
tremendous threat to the opposing secondary. However,
it Hobb's breakaway speed that will yield the yards-after-the-catch
that will keep the fans at the edge of their seats.
determination to excel as the leading receiver in the
XFL stems from his home life. He is genuine family man
and is motivated by his loving wife Tye. And with other
former NFL standouts in his family, like cousins Arthur
Whittington, Michael Bates and Mario Bates, one could
only imagine the intensity of a football game at the family
1997 Sports Illustrated- Mike Ditka, at the time coach
of the New Orleans Saints, commented during practice about
how he was impressed with Hobbs who he acquired in a trade
with the Oakland Raiders, "I like the look in his
February 2001) -- Darryl Hobbs is a smart man. His intelligence
is on the field of football.
Hobbs learned how to play football early. He is from a football
family with cousins like Arthur Wittington, Michael Bates and
Mario Bates. Only one can imagine the intensity at family barbecues.
Hobbs didn't even know that the Liberty Bowl was now nicknamed
"The Asylum". Why? Because the recent nickname given
to the stadium that has nothing to do with the game on the field.
The "football" is Darryl Hobbs' focus.
other players are thinking about the XFL spring-boarding their
careers into the NFL, Darryl Hobbs is thinking that he now has
a chance to break open on a football field and catch some spirals
- a chance he didn't always get in the NFL.
like to play the game, I want to make plays. The problem with
NFL was I was behind Tim Brown and didn't get a chance to make
plays." Hobbs adds, "Right now I am with the Memphis
Maniax and I play for the Memphis Maniax. Right now I am trying
to help the Maniax get to the championship game."
had a good game last week against the Birmingham Thunderbolts,
catching 2 passes for 67 of the teams 173 passing yards. One
of those passes was a 49-yard touchdown strike from Maniax quarterback
Hobbs, a wide receiver, knows that he can do well by establishing
a playing relationship with his quarterback. Hobbs commented
"Being an ex-quarterback I've always felt something for
the quarterback. When I am out there running routes trying to
get open, I know that being a quarterback if a receiver is just
out there just running around, sometimes it just creates turnovers
and get the team into loads of trouble. I just try to do the
right thing and let Marcus know by my play that I will be in
the right place at the right time when he wants to throw me
has responded really well, he is mobile and he can get out of
the pocket. During the game he took a hit and was dazed but
he shook it off and responded well. Marcus will be a top quarterback
in this league," Hobbs added.
Maniax did have some modest success with the passing game last
weekend, which was what the Maniax were looking for. "We
saw certain defenses that left an outside technique on us with
no safety in the middle. We didn't throw the ball much, but
when we did throw the ball we were successful," Hobbs explained.
Hobbs has always been a football player with a strong focus
on the game. Much of his football savvy was learned from his
time with the NFL.
Ditka was Darryl's coach when he played with the New Orleans
Saints. Darryl has good things to say about Ditka's mentoring,
"I was out fielding punts. It was fourth down. Ditka came
to me and said 'Darryl I like the look in your eye. Don't worry
about anything. Take care of things on the field and everything
will take care of itself.' And I believed him. I respect Mike
Ditka and he is a great coach."
a player in the XFL is pretty much the same as any other league
to the veteran Hobbs. "The only difference in training
camp was that we didn't get any money for it."
asked about the cameramen on the field, Darryl was quick to
respond. "They don't bother us, we hardly know they are
there. We have actually used them for piques and rubs."
for all the XFL style hoopla off the field, Darryl Hobbs had
this telling comment, "We don't let it affect us. When
all the cameras and fireworks are over it's our job to play
football. And Vince McMahon let us know that. He told us --
don't get caught up in the fireworks and the introductions of
your name - just play football."
Darryl Hobbs does just that - and with his family name on the
back of his jersey. When asked if he could put anything else
besides "Hobbs" on his jersey, Darryl commented "I
couldn't do that."
in mind that Darryl has strong family connections. His wife
Tye will be in attendance at the Maniax home opener this weekend.
"She can't wait to get into the Liberty Bowl," says
Darryl. As well, Darryl's aunt and uncle, who live across the
street from the Liberty Bowl, will make "the trip"
to see Darryl play this weekend. Darryl's Uncle is also a well-known
Reverend in the Memphis community.
they will be looking for a player with Hobbs on his jersey to
be running his routes, focused on the game of football, and
waiting for that perfect, red and black spiral to slip into
his arms as he runs full speed down the field.