John Mobley
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Personal information
Born: (1973-10-10) October 10, 1973 (age 50)
Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
High school:Chichester
College:Kutztown (PA)
NFL draft:1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at PFR

John Ulysses Mobley (born October 10, 1973) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker for eight seasons with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1996 to 2003.

He is the cousin of former NBA player Cuttino Mobley.


One of nine children born to parents who divorced when he was thirteen years old, Mobley lived with his father until the age of sixteen. After his father suffered a stroke, Mobley moved in with his mother, who demanded he leave high school to help support his family. Mobley spent a year living on the street in an old car before a friend's family took him in.

Lacking the academic credentials for a Division I school, Mobley went on to play college football for Kutztown University in 1991. Mobley made the starting lineup as a freshman and recorded nine tackles and a sack in his first college game, and earned an honorable mention on the All-American team as a sophomore. Mobley's college career came to a sudden halt in 1993, however, when coach Barry Fetterman was fired as a result of an NCAA investigation into academic violations at the school. The team's new coach, Al Leonzi, carried out his own investigation and ended up declaring Mobley ineligible for the upcoming season.[1]

Mobley subsequently resolved his academic status, and returned for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, earning first-team AP Little All-American selections as a junior and senior and a Division II invitation to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, making him the highest drafted player in the history of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference,[2][1] and just the third player from Kutztown ever to be drafted.[3]

Mobley's best season occurred in 1997. He had 132 tackles and four sacks and was an All-Pro that season; however, he missed most of the 1999 season because of an injury.

Mobley suffered a bruised spinal column during the 2003 season after colliding with his teammate Kelly Herndon in a game against the Baltimore Ravens.[4] The injury was severe enough that the Broncos cut him before the 2004 season in order to allow him time for recovery.[5] He later re-signed with the Broncos and retired because of the injury.

Mobley served seven days in prison for a DUI conviction in 2004 after being pulled over and arrested on December 28, 2002. He was found guilty by a jury in April 2004 and was sentenced to 365 days behind bars,[6] but the judge in the case later reduced it to seven days.

In Super Bowl XXXII, Mobley deflected a Brett Favre pass on 4th and 6 from the 31-yard-line with just over 30 seconds left in the game. The deflection sealed a 31-24 victory for the Broncos and ended the NFC's run of 13 straight wins over the AFC in Super Bowl competition.

During his career, Mobley played in 105 career games, starting 102 of them, including two Super Bowls, during which he made 608 career tackles, 10.5 quarterback sacks, and five interceptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.


  1. ^ a b "Kutztown's John Mobley entering Division II football Hall of Fame". The Morning Call.
  2. ^ "1996 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft - Players from Kutztown | The Football Database". Archived from the original on 2017-07-01.
  4. ^ "Broncos' Mobley Leaves Game With Neck Injury". WJACTV / SportsNetwork. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Broncos Lose Mobley For Season". KTVU / SportsNetwork. Archived from the original on 28 July 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Mobley faces a fine and up to one year in jail". ESPN / Associated Press. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2010.