Lobos honor former NFL kicker Scobee
Sept. 10, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.
Josh Scobee got a chance to talk with former coaches, fans and players Friday night at Lobo Stadium.
On top of that, the longtime NFL kicker, who was honored as Longview's Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame inductee during the Lobos' home game against Marshall, got to sit back and watch some football.
"It's great to be here," Scobee said Friday night. "It brings back a lot of memories.
"Even though I only played one season here, it still brings back some fond memories of the big crowd and the Friday night Texas high school football lights. It's nothing but good memories."
Scobee, a 2000 Longview High School graduate, joined the Lobo football team during his senior year at LHS and went on to a standout career at Louisiana Tech.
During the game, he was able to speak briefly with the current Lobo special teams unit of Chris Kessler and JK Martin.
"Any time you talk to a kicker that has a good resume and is getting looks from schools, you just tell them to keep doing what they're doing," Scobee said of Kessler, who holds an offer from Army. "During the game, I didn't want to give him any tips that might throw his game off, but I spoke with his mother down there and we're going to coordinate and work a little bit in the offseason."
Kessler went on to kick field goals of 35 and 39 yards as well as two kickoffs for touchbacks and two 50-yard punts against Marshall on Friday night. Scobee, who acknowledged the grind for kickers to receive scholarship opportunities at the collegiate level, offered some advice to those that are looking for their chance.
"For kickers, it's really all about opportunities and timing when it comes to playing at the next level; that's what it was for me," Scobee said. "Nowadays, you can get recruited different ways with social media and highlight videos.
"It's a matter of keep working, getting bigger and stronger, and that opportunity will come."
After a four-year standout career at Louisiana Tech, Scobee was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
He appeared in 128 games for the Jaguars, the third most in franchise history, and his 11 seasons are second most in Jacksonville.
Over that time, Scobee became the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 1,022 career points, one of several franchise records in Jacksonville, where he currently resides.
After being traded by Jacksonville to the Pittsburgh Steelers in August 2015, Scobee signed a one-day deal in April to retire as a Jaguar.
Now, retirement has Scobee actually sitting back and watching football as he did Friday night in his return to Lobo Stadium.
"I'm enjoying going to football games and not being worried about the actual games," he said. "It's nice to be able to spend time with my family and do the things that I like to do without worrying about practice the next day."
Scobee, who boasts a plus-2.5 handicap on the golf course and once fired off a 67 two days after kicking a game-winning field goal, is enjoying spending more time hacking away.
"Oh, I'm definitely out there swinging the club," he said. "I'm a huge golfer, and that's about all I do now."
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