STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford native Garry Cobb, a popular sports radio host in Philadelphia, announced this week that he will run for a U.S. Congress seat in New Jersey.
Cobb, 57, is a 1975 graduate of Stamford High School who now lives in Cherry Hill, N.J. He was a three-sport star for the Black Knights in baseball, basketball and football. He played football at the University of Southern California and went on to an 11-year career in the NFL, where he played for Dallas, Detroit and Philadelphia. He was inducted into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Cobb, a Republican, officially announced his candidacy on Monday in Cherry Hill. He is running for a seat that was vacated when U.S. Rep Rob Andrews stepped down in February.
Three other Republicans have also filed to run for the seat. He’ll face an uphill climb in the predominantly Democratic district, where Andrews served for 24 years before resigning under the cloud of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. State Sen. Dan Norcross of Camden is the Democratic front-runner. A primary on June 3 will determine the candidates for the November election.
Cobb has become a popular sports radio host in Philadelphia and has a sports website . He also works with urban youth and speaks frequently at youth detention centers, churches and other venues.
In an interview with Philadelphia.CBSLocal.com, Cobb said he understands difficult times for children. “I feel and know the hurt of not having a lot,’’ he said. “When I was a kid, for a while, we didn’t have much, but I had a great family and great parents. My dad wound up getting a job at the post office because he went back to school and got his high school diploma. Then things continued on. We were able to do things, but I know what it’s like to be poor. You have to show people you care. I care about this community.”
Cobb also said he believes government has overstepped its authority in trying to solve many problems.
“The government has stepped in a lot of areas in lot of areas that we as citizens were supposed to take care of, especially people of faith and the churches,’’ he said in the interview with Philadelphia.cbslocal.com. “When kids didn’t have a father, we were supposed to step in, but the government has tried to step in and they did an awful job. A lot of the different programs are poverty traps. They keep people in poverty instead of helping them.”