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Randall 'Tex' Cobb earns degree from Temple University

PHILADELPHIA - Call him the Lone Scholar of the Apocalypse.

Former boxer and actor Randall "Tex" Cobb graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management. Wearing a cap and gown, he accepted his diploma , magna cum laude , at a ceremony in McGonigle Hall on Friday.

He said it was odd to hear the cheers of a packed arena without being in a boxing ring.

"It was nice to have that opportunity to wear a robe, to step up there and not have to worry about bleeding," Cobb said.

Cobb's professional record of 43-7-1 includes an unsuccessful shot at the heavyweight title against Larry Holmes. His acting career has included numerous TV and movie roles, one of the most memorable being his portrayal of bounty hunter Leonard Smalls , also known as the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse , in the film "Raising Arizona."

Cobb, 54, decided to go back to college a little over three years ago. During his time as a student, he also worked construction jobs in the Philadelphia area.

"This was no honorary degree," said Jeffrey Montague, assistant dean of Temple's School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. "He worked hard for this. He's a tremendous guy, a very, very genuine person. Some of the same qualities that made him a successful boxer made him a great student."

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

 
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