By Phil Dailey
Ricky Dobbs isn't shy about revealing his life-long goals.
On Thursday, the senior quarterback will lead the Navy Midshipmen for the final time on the football field when they take on San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
The soon-to-be 23-year-old has been the face of the football program for the past two seasons, and with a win over the Aztecs, can give Navy back-to-back 10-win season’s for the first time in the program's history.
But as for life after college football, well, he's already got that planned out for the next 30-plus years.
"I have big plans for my life, but ultimately, God is in control and I'm going to do whatever he wants me to do," said Dobbs, who along with teammates practiced at UCSD this week.
Those big plans include winning a Super Bowl and becoming the President of the United States.
The first goal will have to wait a few years. Dobbs must first fulfill his obligation to the Navy, which he hopes will continue aboard the USS Oscar Austin based out of Norfolk, Va. As for the second goal, he plans on making a run at the White House in 2040.
The latter has made many headlines during the past two years, including last May when the current president kidded Dobbs during the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy ceremony.
"I know people are announcing early these days," President Barack Obama said during the presentation, "but, Ricky, that's a bit much."
On the field, Dobbs has already left his legacy. He is the active NCAA record-holder for rushing touchdowns for a season (27) as well as having the most TDs in two seasons (40), a number he can add to Thursday. He was a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate, the first for one of the service academies in decades.
Being the face of the program is certainly something Dobbs thinks about.
"Sometimes it's tough ... at the same time, you take it on with full responsibility," he said. "Ever since I was in high school coming up, my uncle told me, 'No matter what you do or say, somebody's always watching.'
“With that mentality, It always teaches you that you have watch what you do and what you say because you never know who is going to be watching you. It could be some little kid watching you or somebody who potentially could offer you a job. It kind of conditioned me for this setting, for this position that I'm in as the quarterback of the Naval Academy."
Head coach Ken Niumatalol, who has 27 wins in his short stint as the team’s head coach said Dobbs is a great ambassador for the Navy.
"He's just a great young man, he's done a lot of things both on and off the field," said Niumatalol, who has guided the Midshipmen to a record three straight bowl games. "He's a great representative of our team, of the Naval Academy and hopefully we can finish this thing right not only for him, but for all of our seniors."
Win or lose against San Diego State on Thursday, chances are it won’t be the last we hear from Dobbs.
Kickoff for the Poinsettia Bowl is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.