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Chris Cooley on Cowboys: “I don’t think so, but . . . “

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Part of the reason Redskins fans have had such emotional reactions to Chris Cooley’s release is that he’s always come across as a completely real person.

There’s no varnish to the guy. There can’t be when you run around practice in short-shorts, or pictures of your privates and a playbook end up on the internet, or you do radio interviews while getting pulled over by a cop for a traffic violation.

He’s still just as honest in his post-Redskins career.

Asked by NBC Washington’s Dan Hellie (via the Washington Post) if he’d ever play for the Cowboys, Cooley’s answer was pure Cooley.

I don’t think so, but people do a lot of things for money,” he said.

Cooley also talked about reminiscing about the old days with owner Dan Snyder after his release, including a story about why Joe Gibbs wanted him on the roster.

“The idea that Joe Gibbs thought I was a Mormon, a good religious kid and that’s why I came here,” Cooley said.

Snyder “laughed and said Joe came into his office six months later and said, ‘He’s not a Mormon at all.’ ”

But he is engaging and bright and transparent, which more athletes should aspire to be.

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47 Responses to “Chris Cooley on Cowboys: “I don’t think so, but . . . “”
  1. daysend564 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:52 AM

    You was a backup on a team filled with crap. You won’t play anywhere, let alone in Dallas.

  2. noeffinway says: Aug 30, 2012 10:53 AM

    Favre was like that and you all eventually turned on him for it…….tread lightly Mr. Cooley, they lie in wait.

  3. nnagi says: Aug 30, 2012 10:54 AM

    whatever cooley, the cowboys aren’t interested

  4. noeffinway says: Aug 30, 2012 10:58 AM

    Favre was like that and you all eventually turned on him for it…….tread lightly Mr. Cooley, they lie in wait.

  5. astrosfan75956 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:58 AM

    But if they offered me a contract I would take it.

  6. fitzmagic1212 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:59 AM

    great guy! if hes healthy he could surely help some team. if hes not he should retire and do something for espn or nfl network

  7. zachg10 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:59 AM

    This still kills me. I get the Football move but have to hate it- reminds me of what we did to Art Monk or Brian Mitchell. If we thought it was hard to see either of those guys in Eagles jerseys, what would it be like to see Cooley in Cowboys jersey (not that I’m comparing him to Monk or Mitchell talent wise).

  8. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 30, 2012 11:02 AM

    you will have a new team by 6pm tonight.. book it

  9. floriosfuglykid2 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:14 AM

    Like they said in “Field of Dreams” … ‘pay them and they will come’ … or something like that.

  10. davidjcu says: Aug 30, 2012 11:17 AM

    With the importance of the Tight End position, he’ll find a job soon.

  11. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2012 11:20 AM

    He would look good in a Bears uniform.

  12. frank1871 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:22 AM

    Cooley at his best never would have made the Cowboys roster. Not even the Cowboys practice team.

  13. jahbird says: Aug 30, 2012 11:23 AM

    He’ll test the market, then hopefully comeback for Vet minimum.

    People act like the skins were unhappy with his play, they can’t afford to pay a guy that much money to play on the second team.

    This was ALWAYS going to happen. Maybe not in the way you’d like, but the writing was on the wall.

  14. dawsonfoto says: Aug 30, 2012 11:31 AM

    frank1871 says:
    Aug 30, 2012 11:22 AM
    Cooley at his best never would have made the Cowboys roster. Not even the Cowboys practice team.

    Chris Cooley was never an elite tight end, but jeez. That’s just irrational.

  15. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 30, 2012 11:34 AM

    back in the day three teams took the tight end spot and evolved it into what you see today. the chargers and Kellen Winslow, the Giants and Mark Bavaro and the Redskins with Orr and Didier. Cooley has already surpassed the records for catches and touchdowns by a redskins tight end and you say he’s not a talent. the problem with cowboys fans are too numerous for me to list but the biggie is that they believe if you didn’t wear the star you don’t have talent. there isn’t but maybe 5-6 tight ends i would list ahead of cooley and last time i counted there’s 32 teams in the nfl.. the man will be employed soon

  16. tmkelley1 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:39 AM

    Hey, Frank1871/DaysEnd, you’re probably right. He would have had to have a QB that can actually make a pass w/o fumbling the ball to lose the game.

  17. rtant2013 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:44 AM

    Cooley if you go to the cowboys, there will be a lot of #47 jerseys being burned on the streets of DC, and you would never be allowed to step foot back into the area. I’ve always been a Cooley fan, but that would go against everything he has ever said.

  18. primetimetto says: Aug 30, 2012 11:47 AM

    Cooley will become a Cowboy cause he’s been a closet Cowboy fan for a long time. He’s made a video of Romo and Whitten. Cooley talks about the Boys since being a Redskin. He would love to wear the Star who wouldn’t. He’s 1 or 2 year stint with the Boys if he’s privilege would make up for his horrible Career as A Redskin. Being on Americas Team would increase his Jersey sale and his popularity would increase due to the fact he would be on national tv every week. Come on over Cooley, put on that jersey you always wanted to put on.

  19. ern215 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:50 AM

    welcome to the oakland raiders, mr cooley, i cant wait to factor him into my game plan on madden, (b myers drops dam near everything)

  20. bigbluefan1 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:55 AM

    If you play the game long enough it is bound to happen

    There is always someone younger faster better looking at you wanting what you have

    It is the game and no one can do anything about it

    It happened to Payton , Rice , Montana to name just a few.

  21. mezanine10 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:57 AM

    Cooley better get a job soon or his hot wife will divorce him. That’s reality.

  22. puronorte says: Aug 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    Don`t flatter yourself Cooley, Dallas needs players in thier prime not washed up has been or big mouths.

  23. theralph2012 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:04 PM

    A lot of cowboys fans on this board talking some serious smack about an 8-8 team that didn’t do anything to get better in the offseason…

  24. calibear831 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:05 PM

    y havent my raiders signed this guy yet?, we need a veteran TE!!

  25. phazard says: Aug 30, 2012 12:07 PM

    Remember when Chris Cooley single handedly destroyed the Cowboys by himself? 3tds in one half. Yeah, stupid practice team comment.

  26. n0hopeleft says: Aug 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    I hate both teams, but Cowboys fans on here talking about he wouldnt make their team?

    You are nothing but clowns in Texas (or anywhere else in the country, rooting for the Cowboys)

    You talk crap about Martellus Bennett, but Cooley cant make your team?

    Do you people actually watch football, or just wear that dumb logo for association with a has-been franchise?

  27. whereyaat says: Aug 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    I see that some Cowpokers fans are calling Cooley a “big mouth.” Hmm, somehow, I think Jerry “Gloryhole Days” Jones knows a thing or two about big mouths.

  28. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Aug 30, 2012 12:27 PM

    Okay, who let all the overconfident Cowboys fans out of their cage?

  29. uwachampion says: Aug 30, 2012 12:31 PM

    I love how all the stupid Cowgirl Fans are talking trash. He is a good Tight End and probably wouldnt fold like a cheep suit from a hit…..You know, Like Jason Witten did against the Raiders.

  30. worldchampsbaby says: Aug 30, 2012 12:38 PM

    It is sad that a very good player has to move on. Being a Giant fan he torched us many times.I would love to have him on my team,but not as a starter.Ironically our starter is an ex-cowgirl,Bennett. And my friends, I respect the Skins and even the Eagles,but the Cowboys,I just feel sorry for them.

  31. trollaikman8 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:40 PM

    Martellus Bennett had hands of concrete but he could block 290lb defensive ends.
    I imagine that’s what he’ll be doing for NYG.

    Cooley just barely qualifies as a TE in terms of physical ability.

  32. drohanimal says: Aug 30, 2012 12:45 PM

    Dallas sucks. This guy is awesome for not wanting to go to those Losers.

  33. primetimetto says: Aug 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    We are Americans team! Don’t hate cause your garbage squad can’t come close to Americas team! Don’t hate the Dallas Cowboys have run the NFC East since its been in existence! Every hates what they can’t be especially you garbage redskin fans that have to deal with RG 3 as your QB. God help you cause you will continue to be the worst team in the NFC for a Long time. FYI here’s a fact for you enjoy!

    All-time series Dallas Cowboys lead 62-40-2[1]

    All ways will be behind Americas Team!

  34. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    Chris if you put on that jersey….man not even B-Mitch and LaVar did that and they were bitter beyond belief…

  35. paul82461 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:50 PM

    Just remember DC fans we dropped him so he is free to go anywhere, and as for Dallas you better think about it cause Witten is hurtin.

  36. thraiderskin says: Aug 30, 2012 12:55 PM

    Cooley is too good of a guy and man’s man to play for the Cowgirls. I doubt he wants to play for an owner who gets face lifts.

  37. leadlap says: Aug 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    I can’t imagine Dallas bringing in Cooley. It doesn’t make much sense for them. They is no evidence to suggest that Cooley (for the money it would cost to bring him in) is any better than the much-cheaper John Phillips.

    Plus, the team seems to like Penn State rookie TE Andrew Szczerba.

    Also, Cooley commented that Romo chokes, and that he would like to fight him in a cage. It’s highly unlikely that Romo would want him on the team, and even less likely that he would throw to him, if he were.

  38. ahostiletakeover says: Aug 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    I’m an AFC guy so no horse in this race. But I think its hilarious that there are 3 or 4 different Cowboys fans saying “Cooley would never have the talent to play for us,” yeah because other than Witten, the Cowboys have really dug up some good Te talent lately….

    Two words: Martellus Bennett.

  39. dprofane says: Aug 30, 2012 1:19 PM

    Redskins fan talking trash against the Cowboys is fine with me but when you make idiotic statements like “fold like a cheap suit from a hit…..You know, Like Jason Witten did against the Raiders.” shows your intelligence. Witten had a lacerated spleen, took a play off and went back in for a series. What did Cooley do when soft as tissue Nmadi laid him out? Thats right, he was gone for the year. For those saying the Cowboys didn’t improve in the offseason just look to our secondary. Drafted the best corner in the draft Mo Claiborne and signed the best available CB Brandon Carr. Oh… here is stat for you QB’s had a 54.9 QB rating when throwing at Carr. Do better Redskins fans!!

  40. yelix says: Aug 30, 2012 1:28 PM

    @frank1871

    Yeah, the Cowboys only collect the best possible players in their quest for an 8-8 record.

  41. talonh says: Aug 30, 2012 2:26 PM

    “back in the day three teams took the tight end spot and evolved it into what you see today. the chargers and Kellen Winslow, the Giants and Mark Bavaro and the Redskins with Orr and Didier.”

    Winslow stands on his own. Bavaro is Paul Coffman and Orr and Didier aren’t even in the discussion.

  42. keeppounding says: Aug 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    I still want to know what dirt that basketball player had on RG III that went away real quick didnt it? It wasn’t nothing.

  43. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 30, 2012 2:58 PM

    @talonh: Kellen winslow mastered the seam route and most anything in the middle of the field, mark Bavaro showed a T.E. could block, release and catch and Joe Gibbs practically invented the H-back during his hey day. so don’t tell me, did you not read my posting as name? in fact Gibbs last H-back/tight end was Frank Wychek. but my point was and is Chris cooley was drafted and touted by one of the pioneers of that evolving position and he has exceeded at that position. there are plenty of teams that can use a Chris Cooley. you’ll see

  44. rypsrifle11 says: Aug 30, 2012 3:09 PM

    2 years ago I would’ve said that Cooley is overrated, didn’t deserve the $$ and was a liability being ‘fumble-prone.’ Now, it feels a bit personal and you never want to see the fan favorite longest tenured guy get the boot. But, we need to put that all aside and rememeber it’s a business. He at least deserves an opportunity to win a starting job and he wasn’t going to get that here. Good luck Captain Chaos.

  45. thehairychestsportsblog says: Aug 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    I am pretty sure the Redskins ran the NFC East from 1982 to 1992. Only 3 Superbowl wins…just saying!!!!

  46. thehairychestsportsblog says: Aug 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    Dexter Manley pretty much summed up our hatred for you with one hit in THE ONE GAME that mattered between the two of us. The NFC title game.

  47. macwomack says: Aug 31, 2012 12:06 PM

    puronorte says:Aug 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    Don`t flatter yourself Cooley, Dallas needs players in thier prime not washed up has been or big mouths.

    That is exactly why Dallas has signed players such as Drew Bledsoe, Joey Galloway, John Kitna, etc.

    Dude you are funny – do you actually follow your team or do you just buy the t-shirts with the big blue star and call yourself a fan?

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