GREEN BAY, Wis. – How can something be so unexpected and so calamity at the same time?
Randall and Aiyda Cobb know the answer.
It happened in July, when his dream of returning to Green Bay – Randall to play again for the Packers and Aiyda to reunite with his best friends – came true.
This is unlikely to be the case.
So unlikely that in October 2020 they sold their Green Bay house – one they kept for more than 18 months after Randall left the Packers as a free agent and signed with the Cowboys in 2019 – Randall was in the thick of it by the time they sold it. his first season with the Texans.
“Now there may be some TV on or something like that and it made me shut up a couple of times when it was too much information, but yeah, I wanted to get it up to speed as quickly as possible …”
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“We clung to it on the off chance that there might have been a chance to come back after the year in Dallas,” Randall said. “But that didn’t happen, obviously, so we sold it after I signed with Houston.”
There’s the story of how Cobb returned to Green Bay thanks to a move orchestrated by quarterback Aaron Rodgers apparently as a condition for his return for a 17 season. Rodgers wanted to get his trusty slot receiver back, and that could prove crucial. Thursday night when the Packers (6-1), who could be without three of their main receivers, face the Cardinals (7-0) in Arizona (8:20). pm ET, Fox).
And then there is the story of what happened after the trade slowed down.
“It was a beautiful and chaotic mess,” Aiyda said.
‘We are on the move again’
Cobb spent the 2019 season with the Cowboys on a one-year, $ 5 million deal. He then signed a three-year, $ 27 million contract with the Texans in 2020.
Tired of living half the season in Randall’s soccer town and the other half hopping across the country, from their native Tennessee, where they will eventually settle after their NFL career; to Los Angeles, where he exercised; to Washington, DC, where Aiyda’s law firm is located; they eventually settled on a permanent home (or at least as permanent as you can get in the NFL).
“When I signed with Houston, we said, ‘Okay, we have three years, two guaranteed, we are sure to be there for two years,'” Randall said. “So we decided to sell everything else and go to Houston and build that home for at least the next two years.”
They bought a house that was featured in Architectural Digest.
“After all the moves we’ve had in the last three or four years, I would say we are experts in moving,” Randall said. “That is one of the reasons we wanted to settle in Houston. After everything had passed, we were tired of doing the six months here and the six months there. So we said, ‘We’re going to Houston, we’ll stay there all year until we make one last move to Tennessee.’
As good as life off the pitch was, it wasn’t ideal on it.
In 10 games last season, he caught 38 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns – not big numbers by his standards – and missed the last six games of the season due to a toe injury. Then came a major rebuild with a change of coach and the uncertain status of quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“Even though it was not the most desirable situation in terms of what the organization was going through with all the changes, it was the first house we stayed in all year,” said Aiyda, who continued to practice law in an ongoing manner. remote in one part. time base. “And we finally got rid of two storage units.”
Family stability lasted little more than a year.
Cobb left Houston two hours after the Green Bay trade was canceled on July 28, with only the clothes he was wearing and what could fit in two small bags.
He would worry about the rest later.
But he was worried about Aiyda and her children right away.
“She was in full rental mode, trying to find us a place here in town,” Randall said.
The goal was to get the rest of the family to Green Bay in time for the annual Packers Family Night, a practice at Lambeau Field followed by a fireworks display. That was on August 7, three days before her oldest son, Caspian, turned 3.
“He was trying to just pick up the pieces for us and figure out the move,” said Aiyda, a patent attorney who represents generic drug companies. “I was in the middle of three very big cases and I had to call my boss and say, ‘Listen, we’re on the move again, I’m really sorry. This is very unexpected but very exciting and a once in a lifetime opportunity. ‘
Accommodation with Rodgers
Meanwhile, Randall moved into Rodgers’ home in the town of Hobart, west of Green Bay. While watching Olympic events on television, Rodgers brought him up to speed on the changes in offense under the direction of coach Matt LaFleur.
Cobb never played for LaFleur, who was signed by the Packers two months before Cobb signed with the Cowboys.
“Now there may be some TV on or something like that and it made me shut up a few times when there was too much information, but yeah, I wanted to get it up to speed as quickly as possible and translate,” Rodgers said.
Cobb said: “You know how it is, the way his brain works. Mine doesn’t work that way, so I had to say, ‘Okay, this is enough, I’m going to get this from my trainers, okay? Because you’re going too fast right now. ‘
More than football, Cobb enjoyed catching up.
“We probably dated more in that time than in the last three years,” he said.
Rodgers joked, “It was a good time until Aiyda showed up and the fun was over.”
Everyone loves the ending of a storybook, right?
They arrived in time for Family Night, though the rain did put out the fireworks, and they celebrated Caspian’s birthday on August 10 in the city where he was born. Their youngest son, Cade, who was born in Dallas, will turn 2 in January.
“Children have had a difficult time transitioning from one home to another,” Aiyda said. “Then we had the terrible rental situation; we are in our second rental home since we came back here, but we are so grateful to be back that you just move with the blows. “
Randall’s memorable quote from his introductory press conference said it all: “I’ve seen the other side and I’m excited to be back here, and I’m excited, I’m smiling. It’s funny, my teammates said you act.” like you just got out of jail, and I said, well, you know … I’m very, very excited to be here. “
His best game since his return to Green Bay was in the Packers’ Week 4 win over the Steelers. He caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Cobb has remained healthy, played in every game and has 14 receptions for 179 yards with two touchdowns.
Who knows what will happen after the season?
Randall and Aiyda certainly don’t. But they are settled, for now, and back in their happy place with their friends. They hang out whenever they can with Rodgers, who is Cade’s godfather; with Davante Adams and his wife, Devanne; and with David Bakhtiari and his fiancee Frankie.
Some believe this could be the year the Packers return to the Super Bowl for the first time since February 6, 2011, which was two and a half months before Cobb was drafted.
“Just to get together with these friends and then be able to race in the Super Bowl … it seems like all the chips are going to fall in the right places,” Aiyda said. “Everybody loves the ending of a storybook, right?”
Even if nobody likes to move.