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A final note on Ellis Hobbs’ retirement

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When we last left Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs, there was some doubt about whether his latest neck injury would force him to retire.

Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports there is no doubt anymore.   Hobbs will retire because his injury was higher up in the neck than the one before.  Caplan notes Hobbs, always ready with a quote, could have a career in broadcasting if he wants it.

A third-round pick of the Patriots in 2005, Hobbs started 56 games in a six-year career, including Super Bowl XLII.   Unfortunately, he will probably best be remembered as the guy in coverage when Plaxico Burress scored the game-winning touchdown in the game.   Hobbs also recorded an incredible 220 kick return yards in the 2006 AFC Championship.

Cornerback is going to be a big position of need for the Eagles to upgrade this offseason.

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17 Responses to “A final note on Ellis Hobbs’ retirement”
  1. tjp2033 says: Feb 21, 2011 10:54 AM

    No matter how much you love the game it is better to be able to walk away with your health. Good luck to you Ellis in all your future endeavors.

  2. miket0823 says: Feb 21, 2011 10:59 AM

    Yes, yes it is.

  3. cruells says: Feb 21, 2011 11:00 AM

    I wonder if the Eagles will make a play for Cromartie or Nnamdi Asomugha..

  4. Kave Krew says: Feb 21, 2011 11:05 AM

    Unfortunately, Ellis Hobbs will always be rememebered for being out in no-man’s land in SB 42.

    But keep in mind that the thread goes backwards to:
    - a non call ‘holding’
    - a non call ‘in the grasp’
    - a fate ladened helmet catch
    - a final ball jarring tackle slam buffered by the defender’s own body
    - a fan on the field wearing a blue patriot #22 just watching the action close up instead of slamming the receiver
    - and mostly – a soon to be very rich CB – fan letting a INT go through his hands
    - a team that was grossly overconfident and underestimated a team that was on a roll and hungry as hell

    so yes, Ellis will be remembered for that play, but so much of that story is still alive that it’s not a Bill Buckner moment.

  5. Jay says: Feb 21, 2011 11:09 AM

    Hobbs did the most with what he had athletically. He’s no HOF player, but he did a great job while he was playing.

  6. packattack1967 says: Feb 21, 2011 11:09 AM

    There goes Ellis Hobbs, the greatest who ever was.

  7. springy619 says: Feb 21, 2011 11:11 AM

    man thats tough 2 neck injuries, best of health and good luck in broadcasting if you decide to go that route

  8. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 21, 2011 11:18 AM

    Never how u wanna see a player leave a game, much less a career.

    Respects.

    i hope andy doesnt replace him with another 5’9” KR at CB.

  9. caseysarasota says: Feb 21, 2011 11:22 AM

    Really? Someone “thumbed down” the comment about walking away with good health? REALLY?! Some of you call out of work with just a sniffle yet you knock someone because they don’t want to be paralyzed the rest of their life. Shame shame! Good luck Mr. “Non paralyzed still can walk for his family and live a good life” Ellis Hobbs. Now we DEF need to pick up Asmougha!

  10. oldbyrd says: Feb 21, 2011 11:43 AM

    I hear Banner is hot on a 5′-5″ corner out of West Jealopy state. He was 16th in his conference with zero interceptions. But Laurie will only pay fair market value. Seriously Hobbs is a nice guy but TOAST.

  11. goodjet says: Feb 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    It really is amazing that some people put a thumbs down to walking away with your health —- Makes you wonder what’s going on in their lives —- They probably smack their wife’s or girlfriends around, beat their kids (if they know them) —- Their neighbors hate them —- Can’t keep a job —- They start drinking before noon — Their in and out of jail — People have restraining orders against them — Their big goal in life is to be on Americas Most Wanted until their on it and realize that that’s going to get them caught and for just one fleeting moment they finally realize — Only for a second or two — Just how freaking dumb they really are

  12. drbob117 says: Feb 21, 2011 12:10 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I just want to say thank you for your efforts here the last few years. It’s a shame that injury forced you to retire early but at least you leave the game healthy and able to walk. Some people will remember some of your plays on the field, but I think the best example of the kind of guy you were was ‘off the field’, when you went into that ToysR’us right before Christmas and offered to pay for the contents of the carts of the parents that were at the register that day picking up Xmas presents for their kids. Classy move! Best of luck in everything you do in the future.

  13. adammwilson says: Feb 21, 2011 1:41 PM

    Eagles should grab Texas CB Aaron Williams.

  14. brohamma says: Feb 21, 2011 8:07 PM

    It’s interesting to see that no one mentions that Hobbs played Super Bowl 42 with a sports hernia, nor the fact that a defensive alignment was called which put him in man-coverage with their biggest WR threat.

    As a New Englander, I’ve been a life-long Pats fan and that Super Bowl loss falls squarely on the shoulders of coordinator that made the decision to put Hobbs in that position at the end of the game.

    Best of luck in all you do Ellis.. it’s the right decision to walk away with your health and enjoy the rest of your life.

  15. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 21, 2011 9:33 PM

    You don’t mess around with a neck. Smart move Ellis, good luck.

  16. CKL says: Feb 22, 2011 12:43 PM

    Yeah it’s unfair for Hobbs to get blamed for that coverage when it was a blitz that didn’t get there that was mostly to blame. Sure he bit on the in by PB, but he wasn’t a superior cover guy (he was still a better COVER guy man to man than A$ante though).

    Hobbs is a bright kid with artistic talent and I think he will be fine in his future life. I am glad he is walking away now while he can. This Pats fan wishes him well.

  17. n0hopeleft says: Feb 25, 2011 8:33 PM

    Unfortunately, Ellis Hobbs will always be rememebered for being out in no-man’s land in SB 42.

    But keep in mind that the thread goes backwards to:
    - a non call ‘holding’
    - a non call ‘in the grasp’
    - a fate ladened helmet catch
    - a final ball jarring tackle slam buffered by the defender’s own body
    - a fan on the field wearing a blue patriot #22 just watching the action close up instead of slamming the receiver
    - and mostly – a soon to be very rich CB – fan letting a INT go through his hands
    - a team that was grossly overconfident and underestimated a team that was on a roll and hungry as hell

    so yes, Ellis will be remembered for that play, but so much of that story is still alive that it’s not a Bill Buckner moment.
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