Ryan Cobb's Allstate Good Works Blog from New Orleans: Day 3 Highlights (Jan. 2)
University of Delaware junior tight end Ryan Cobb was one of 22 collegiate football players from around the country this fall selected to the 2013 Allstate Good Works Team for outstanding community service.
Ryan headed to New Orleans this week to take part in service projects and be honored at halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday, Jan. 2.
January 2, 2014 - Day 3
This morning we had a breakfast especially for us and at the breakfast we met (ESPN's) Kirk Herbstreit. He talked to us about how special it was that out of 50,000 college football players in the country, we were the 22 picked for the Allstate Good Works Team.
After this breakfast we had a break, so I took full advantage of it and napped because of how busy we were going to be later on.
We met back together and headed over to the Superdome for a walkthrough of our presentation.
From this we went to the pre-game party for an hour or two and met with several Allstate agents and talked with a bunch of the fans.
The game started and we watched from the Presidents Suite, which was cool because it was on the 50-yard line and was pretty big.
Throughout the game, several celebrities came and met with us to take pictures. I had the chance to meet Archie Manning, Lou Holtz, Kirk Herbstreit, Dennis Haysbert, Toby Keith, and the band Imagine Dragons.
This experience was amazing and I was so proud to represent the Blue Hens down in New Orleans, especially when it was for a good cause. This trip has been wonderful and something I will never forget. Not to mention I saw two pretty good teams play!
Always proud! GO BLUE HENS!
January 1, 2014 - Day 2
Today we started off the day at 7 a.m. and headed over to Isidore Newman High School, home of all three Manning brothers, for a football clinic with all the local YMCA groups.
We had a full day of coaching the kids in different football specific drills and had a great time doing it. I love working with kids because they have so much energy and it just gives life to everything. After this was over, it was around 1:30 p.m. and we had a couple hours off before we met again for the Allstate Fan Fest in the French Quarters.
We left on buses for this after a couple of hours and then we were brought to the Fan Fest and all of us were called up on to the stage in front of about 2,000 people and were introduced. It was a great feeling to be up there wearing my Delaware gear and hearing them call out "University of Delaware" along with my name and position.
Believe it or not I heard some people yell out "Blue Hens" which was cool.
After this we gave out uniforms that we brought with us to our chaperone, De Watson, and he sent them to get Sugar Bowl patches to be sewn onto them. I used a jersey that I customized at the book store so (UD Equipment Manager) Kevin Rose wouldn't have a heart attack!
Tomorrow is the big day and I can't wait to watch a great game between the (Alabama) Crimson Tide and the (Oklahoma) Sooners in what should be a great game, and obviously to go out on to the field at halftime to be honored!
GO BLUE HENS!
December 31, 2013 - Day 1
Got to NoLa in one piece despite a three-and-a-half hour ride that had me hating planes already more than I do! The day proceeded where I was picked up at the airport by an Allstate agent and then drove to the Roosevelt Hotel in the French Quarter, right around the block from Bourbon Street.
Once I got to the hotel, I met with another Allstate agent who is my chaperone for most of the trip. All I had to do was check-in and I had about four hours to do my own thing until our first introduction meeting.
I met my teammate Chris Corvino, who is down here with his family, and we walked up and down Bourbon Street, seeing all of the Alabama and Oklahoma fans holler at each other.
This was a cool experience and it really shows you the culture and way of life down here. Everyone was so nice to us and we ate at a local restaurant and tried their giant oysters. I even had fried alligator.
The entire city, it seems, is run by New Orleans Saints and LSU gear with everyone have at least one article of their team's colors on. There is so much to do here and we look forward to walking back down tonight on New Year's Eve as I'm sure it will be fantastic.
The meeting we had introduced a lot of what we will be doing these next couple of days starting with a youth camp tomorrow at Isidore Newman High School, which is where the Manning brothers played. The camp is similar to the Mike Adams one, I'm assuming, with ages 7-14. That will be a blast.
Tonight they have a special gala for us in the hotel. I am just putting my fashion merchandising skills together and getting dressed up for that. I am really excited for this wonderful opportunity to represent the University of Delaware and the UD sports family.
I have never been more proud to tell people I play for the Blue Hens!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! "TOGETHER WE WILL"