Tennessee football: Former Vols QB Josh Dobbs educates Jacoby Brissett on space

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 20: Joshua Dobbs
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 20: Joshua Dobbs /

Former Tennessee football Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs of the Pittsburgh Steelers taught outer space and the sun to Indianapolis’s Jacoby Brissett.

As a guy who pursued an aerospace engineering degree while quarterback for Tennessee football, Josh Dobbs is not a guy to debate about the universe. On Thursday, he had to correct a fellow NFL player about it.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback replied to a question posed by another quarterback in the pros, Jacoby Brissett. Taking to Twitter, Brissett asked a question that in reality made no sense and drew lots of responses.

Brissett’s question was how it could be cold in outer space if the sun is hot. Yes, that was posed by the Indianapolis Colts quarterback. And he actually received quite a few responses, including from other NFL players.

Finally, Dobbs had to show off the education he got while playing for Tennessee football in explaining why this was the case. So he jumped in on the conversation and gave a pretty short reply that should have explained it.

However Brissett wasn’t done. He replied with this tweet, which made no sense as a response and only further confused anybody reading it. By this point, you had to wonder if he was joking or being a serious conspiracy theorist.

Dobbs then had to respond again to Andrew Luck’s backup quarterback. It was probably the most embarrassing thing he had to do as somebody who has actually studied the issue while playing college ball.

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Obviously accepting Dobbs’s first explanation, it wasn’t even needed to begin with. Anybody could explain that being in outer space doesn’t mean you’re closer to the sun. But of course, Dobbs was much more easily able to break it down.

When his career is over in the pros, Dobbs could replace Neil deGrasse Tyson as the celebrity scientist who has to explain things to conspiracy theorists. And as an NFL player at a time in which more pro athletes are beginning to question basic scientific facts, he’d be the perfect guy to do that. Maybe it’s his calling.

If that did happen, Dobbs could join the list of Tennessee football quarterbacks to do big things dating back to the 1990s. Andy Kelly was an Arena Football superstar, Heath Shuler became a congressman, Peyton Manning became a Hall-of-Famer, Tee Martin became a college football coach, Casey Clausen became a high school head coach, and Erik Ainge got a radio show.

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By explaining science, Dobbs could be the most important star of all of them. He’s one of the most accomplished Tennessee football quarterbacks ever. This is just another avenue for him to show off how awesome he is.