Having left the University of Tennessee with a degree in aerospace engineering, it is fair to say that Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs would have had a number of attractive career option available to him had he not chosen to focus on football. And while keeping the backup job behind Ben Roethlisberger and one day becoming a starter in the NFL is his primary goal right now, it seems likely that Dobbs’ life after football will be no less interesting.
The offseason is a chance for most players to relax or spend time with their families, but for Dobbs it has always seemed to be a time when he devoted himself to working with charitable organizations or pursuing other interests. Earlier in the year, Dobbs spent some time working with NASA as part of an externship program and in April spent time with the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds fulling a life-long dream.
Thankful for the opportunity to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams to fly w/ @AFThunderbirds! S/O to my pilot, Maj. Jason Markzon (#8) & the entire crew. Thank you for your service & representing our country! Hope to fly again soon. Watch out...Astro coming to a sky near you! pic.twitter.com/fGrQUDIJ3u— Josh Dobbs (@josh_dobbs1) April 7, 2019
Ever want to fly an F-16 fighter jet? Steelers QB @josh_dobbs1 had the chance to do just that with the @AFThunderbirds.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 28, 2019
Watch Dobbs take flight on @watch_SITV: https://t.co/svKwRTvr45 pic.twitter.com/X3EokEmDzz
Brains and brawn: As an aerospace engineer, Steelers QB @josh_dobbs1 proves you can have both. And this past April, he flew an F-16 fighter jet with the @AFThunderbirds.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 28, 2019
Watch Dobbs's full flight and learn his story on @watch_SITV: https://t.co/svKwRTN2sF pic.twitter.com/QpP1OneLz5
But if Dobbs is looking to follow a less hazardous career path when his playing days are over, it seems he may yet have potential as a weatherman for a local cable news station.
Returning to Tennessee last week as the special guest at the third annual Knox News Sports Awards on Wednesday night, Dobbs also made an appearance on WATE-TV to try his hand at being a meteorologist.
Contrary to the ribbing from the network, Dobbs did not do a bad job, and considering his popularity in the state, would be an excellent addition to their broadcast team.
Wow @Hinkmologist, I can’t believe you put me out there like that! You have to say it was at least a 7 for a first timer? Let’s see if my forecast for today is correct. If so, it should go up to an 8. Thanks for for the fun!! https://t.co/Vp9vp4D0Za— Josh Dobbs (@josh_dobbs1) June 1, 2019
The busy schedule for Dobbs continues on Saturday when he hosts his youth football camp in Knoxville, Tennessee; presumably returning to Pittsburgh for the third week of OTAs beginning on June 3 and then mandatory minicamp starting on June 11.
Ok Knoxville, tomorrow is Camp Day! We are preparing an exciting day of instruction & competition for about 300 campers. We appreciate ALL of our sponsors, volunteers & campers for your support! Be sure to hydrate campers & get ready to work!!— Josh Dobbs (@josh_dobbs1) May 31, 2019