WR Dobson almost chose Northeastern

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Coming out of South Charleston High School in West Virginia, Aaron Dobson was choosing between two paths -- football or basketball. The journey led him to Northeastern University, ever so briefly.

"I went up there and visited Northeastern coming out of high school actually, visited the basketball team," Dobson told reporters on a conference call Friday night. "I actually liked Boston, liked it up there, liked the school. But I just ended up leaning toward Marshall for football."

And now, after four solid seasons from 2009-2012, he'll continue his football career playing in suburban Boston, catching passes from quarterback Tom Brady.

"Oh man, that right there, you can’t beat that. [He’s] the best quarterback in the league," said Dobson, who turns 22 in July. "It’s amazing because I’ve been watching him for so long and now that I get the chance to go play with him, it’s a blessing."

Dobson follows former Patriots receivers Troy Brown and Randy Moss as former Marshall receivers playing for the Patriots.

"I’ve met them. I wouldn’t say I have any type of relationship where I could call them or anything like that, but I’ve definitely met them; Troy has been around the facility a lot and I’ve met him," Dobson relayed. "Moss is a great player. He definitely did his thing in the NFL. He came in and went straight to work. I’m going to try to come in and make my own name. Really just do what I can do to help my team win and do what I can do to make myself better and be great."