Chris Cooley, the tight end who played his entire nine-year NFL career with the Redskins, has decided to quit playing and start broadcasting.
Cooley will retire from the NFL and join the Redskins’ radio broadcasts, ESPN 980 has announced. We noted last month that Cooley joining the Redskins’ radio broadcasts was a possibility, but at that time Cooley hadn’t formally retired. Now it’s official.
“To add a talent and fan favorite like Chris to our team will add excitement to our broadcast and a level of unpredictability for our listeners,” Chuck Sapienza, Executive Producer for the Redskins Radio Network, said in a statement.
Cooley will not replace Sam Huff as a color commentator but will instead chime in once a quarter with his thoughts on the game. Larry Michael will continue to handle the play-by-play duties for the Redskins, and Sonny Jurgensen will provide color commentary.
Known during his playing career as a bright, articulate and funny player, Cooley has all the tools to have a successful career in broadcasting.