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Dobes Takes ‘Em Down

Don Dobes, Dartmouth College assistant football coach, tackles Corbin Stall during a Sept. 6, 2013, practice at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H.

Don Dobes, Dartmouth College assistant football coach, tackles Corbin Stall during a Sept. 6, 2013, practice at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H.

Don Dobes, the Dartmouth College football team’s linebackers coach and defensive coordinator, underwent hip replacement surgery two years ago. He had the other hip replaced in 2006 when he was an assistant at Princeton.

After joining the Big Green staff in 2010, Dobes and his gait suffered greatly. It was painful watching him limp about the field. These days however, he’s mobile to the point where he even demonstrates tackling form to his players, albeit while landing on the type of crash pad you might associate with elementary school gym class.

Dobes said he no longer runs or plays pickup basketball and especially misses the latter activity. But he’s able to do cardiovascular exercise in other ways and gets in regular weight-training workouts.

“The surgery changed my life,” he said.

Here’s to one of the good guys. It’s nice to see him prowling the sidelines again at full speed.