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Who knew Ellen is a big fan of Randall Cobb?

You might have seen popular comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres sitting next to former president George W. Bush at the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game last Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

You may have seen DeGeneres defending their friendship.

What you might not have seen was DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi, both Packers fans, hugging their favorite player before the game.

That’s right, both were hugging on former UK star Randall Cobb, the former Packer who is in his first season with the Cowboys.

Cobb had three catches for 53 yards in Dallas’ 34-24 loss to Green Bay. On the season, he has 17 receptions for 210 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who are 3-2 heading into this Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Ellen wasn’t the only one happy to see Cobb. Former teammate Jordy Nelson, now retired, wore Cobb’s UK jersey to the game.

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John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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