Ellis Hobbs gets college degree, to graduate Saturday

Life has been a whirlwind for Ellis Hobbs over the 10 days.

He was traded from the New England Patriots to the Eagles.

He took part in the Eagles' three-day minicamp this past weekend.

And now, he is heading to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to pick up his degree from Iowa State University to fulfill a promise he made to his mother.

“As part of the getting my degree deal, I told my mom I’d take part in the ceremony, too,” Hobbs told the Des Moines Register. “When I promise something to my mother, I keep it.” 

Says his mother, Nettie: “He told me when he left Iowa State to go to the pros that he’d get his degree. I didn’t doubt him, but I still told him that he’d better get his degree — or he’d have to deal with me.”

Hobbs' degree is in art and visual communication with an internship at Kraft Sports Productions. He said if he were not playing football, he would want to be an animator for Disney. He finished up his final credits through a night course at a junior college near Patriots' training facility in Foxborough, Mass.

Here is more on Hobbs' pursuit of his degree from a weekend story in the Des Moines Register.