CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Unlike some football players going to prison these days, Michael Cobb's time Tuesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail was an attempt to get others out.
Cobb, a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1977, addressed Franklin County inmates about their choices and legacies. He asked those gathered how they want to be remembered.
"Somebody who shared Christ with others," one man said.
"Somebody who helped," another said.
"If you can think positive thoughts, you can live positive," Cobb said.
The remarks seemed to be well-received by inmates, some of whom nodded in response to Cobb's words and prayed with him at his speech's conclusion.
Stanley Narcisse, 36, said he was impressed by what Cobb had to say.
"I think his speech was very inspirational. ... He actually had me thinking," said Narcisse, who declined to discuss the circumstances that led to his incarceration.
Cobb's NFL career was primarily spent with the Chicago Bears. The tight end told the crowd that he sat on the bench for his first two years as a pro.