CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson proved his talents during his rookie season, and Tuesday the second-round draft pick returned to South Charleston where he first developed the skills that led him to the NFL.
Dobson, a former SC and Marshall standout, finished with 37 catches and four touchdowns as the Patriots' fifth-leading receiver. As he transitions into his first NFL offseason, Dobson visited the South Charleston Community Center, where he once excelled on the basketball court too, to watch AAA second-ranked SC defeat No. 4 Woodrow Wilson.
"It feels real good just to come back and watch my team perform well," Dobson said. "Just to be back in the locker room feels good. Just to see where we left it off, we definitely had a great team when I came through in high school basketball and I would like to see the legacy keep going, so I just hope it goes down the line."
In addition to leading the Black Eagles football team to the 2008 state championship, Dobson, a Dunbar native, played as part of back-to-back Black Eagles state-runner up basketball squads and earned first team All-State honors each year for his hardwood skills.
Dobson, at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, left the court to focus on his gridiron abilities at Marshall, though, and now he's hauling in passes from one of the game's best quarterbacks in Tom Brady.
"It feels good just to say I made it," Dobson said. "I feel like I am in a great place and a great organization. I feel like I couldn't be in a better place just the situation I am in, playing with one of the greatest quarterbacks that ever played the game."
During Week 9, Dobson manufactured his best game with five catches and a season-high 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns as New England defeated Pittsburgh 55-31.
After missing Weeks 13 through 15 with a stress fracture in his left foot, Dobson returned for New England's final two regular season games and contributed to the Patriots' postseason before the team fell 26-16 to Denver in the AFC Championship.
With that victory, the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl where Seattle shocked many fans and players alike with a resounding 43-8 win.