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Chris Cooley retires from playing career, begins broadcasting career

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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.

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70 Responses to “Chris Cooley retires from playing career, begins broadcasting career”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jul 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    Well I can sleep tonight.

  2. ccjcsr says: Jul 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    Have to do something with his opinionated mouth who never did anything in the NFL.

    #ATNA

  3. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    His smokin hot cheerleading ex-wife is what I will remember about him.

  4. grogansneck says: Jul 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    He’s already done a bit of broadcasting–albeit unintentionally.

  5. heyguru1969 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    Cooley actually retired 2 years ago….he’s just finding out about it now.

  6. sdcameron says: Jul 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    He looks like Scott Aukerman.

  7. jenkrh says: Jul 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    Truth be told, Cooley is retiring from the NFL so that we can spend more time re-creating the sexy pottery scene from Ghost. HTTR

  8. apetits says: Jul 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    “Cooley has all the tools to have a successful career in broadcasting.”

    I see what you did there.

  9. golforepar says: Jul 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    Cooley has a face for radio!

  10. davemeisner says: Jul 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    and making pottery. lots and lots of pottery!

  11. citizenstrange says: Jul 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    Coolio!

  12. divan22 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    Remember when this guy said he’s better than Jason Witten? HA!!!

    Kick rocks, clown. Witten’s career absolutely destroyed yours.

  13. kliplee says: Jul 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    he could probably do a better job than Larry Michael, that guy stresses to sound entertaining all broadcast long

  14. crj202 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    He’s going to be as good at his new gig as he was at his playing career. Congrats Chris, glad you’re staying in town.

  15. jagsfan1 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:12 PM

    was already real tired of him….now it will be even worse

  16. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    Awesome. ESPN 980 just doubled its audience size- Captain Chaos is without a doubt the second-funniest man in the NFL (Go watch Jared Allen’s youtube videos before you disagree). However, he needs to be re-signed in some capacity whenever the Redskins next end up in the Super Bowl, the man deserves a ring.

  17. qdeathstar says: Jul 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    Erm, he must have a face for radio???

  18. arrooo says: Jul 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    Capt. Chaos

  19. jsrdc says: Jul 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    Thank you for retiring – it was two years overdue. Cooley didn’t have a TD pass the past two years, had only 9 receptions, and hasn’t had more than 3 TD’s since 2007. Multiple concussions, and various injuries took their toll. It was either pottery or this, and we all know what pays better.

    Get in that announcer booth and stay there. Hopefully you can have success with your post-football life in broadcasting, as long as you don’t have your head too much in the pottery game.

  20. phillyupperdecker says: Jul 16, 2013 2:19 PM

    As a Eagles fan who hates the Redskins I always liked Cooley. Would take a guy like him any day of the week on my team.

  21. artmonk81 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    Always loved Cooley. A classy player with a lot of talent. It’s nice to see a guy get as emotional last year as he did when he was cut and declare he would play for no one else. There aren’t a lot of guys like that left in the NFL these days. Too many people only about the money and not the pride and love they have in the city and the team. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it. HTTR.

  22. rickyck45 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Loser…He never had anything good to say about anyone else…Going to be pretty tuff to just talk about himself in that position.

  23. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    He’s in his early 30′s, probably retains most of his mental function, and gets to do a fun job from here on out. And he’s already filthy rich. Good for him.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    Cooley is too ugly for radio. That face would have to edited and adulterated just to make it in print.

  25. h1ndrix says: Jul 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    Remember when this guy said he’s better than Jason Witten? HA!!!

    Kick rocks, clown. Witten’s career absolutely destroyed yours.
    ————————————————–
    Speaking of kicking things, remember the time Cooley had 3 td’s in the first half and kicked the $*** out of the Cowboys?

  26. skinswillsurprise says: Jul 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Jul 16, 2013 2:04 PM
    Have to do something with his opinionated mouth who never did anything in the NFL.

    #ATNA
    //////////——////////

    The pot calling the kettle black!

    #momIneedmylunch

  27. blackshirtz says: Jul 16, 2013 2:40 PM

    Thanks for your loyalty, Captain Chaos! You are one of my favorite skins of all time. I’m glad that you are staying in the Redskins family.

  28. ronaldmexico7 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:40 PM

    Curse of the Irish

  29. divan22 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    “Speaking of kicking things, remember the time Cooley had 3 td’s in the first half and kicked the $*** out of the Cowboys?”

    Oh, you mean for one regular season game several years ago? BAHAHA!

    Remember the time Witten’s ENTIRE CAREER dominated Cooley’s?

  30. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    Would have been a perennial pro bowler if he weren’t stuck on the Skins and having passes thrown to him by the likes of Jason Campbell his entire career.

  31. divan22 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    Cooley comparing himself to Jason Witten: “I think I’m better. … He doesn’t run after the catch very well.”

    Cooley: 429 catches, 4711 yards, 33 TD

    Witten: 806 catches, 8948 yards, 44 TD

    Quite fitting that this inferior blowhard of a TE gets to keep opening his fat mouth.

  32. danielmarcsnyder says: Jul 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    Thanks for all the years Chris.

    It’s a shame Vinny and Dan where running the show when you were in your prime.

  33. twilson962 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:59 PM

    All the best Capt Chaos. It was fun while it lasted.

  34. obmig says: Jul 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    There are always negative comments on these articles but I’m honestly shocked at how many Cooley is getting. He was a class act, he always had time to talk to his fans, and he was great on his weekly radio segments. He wasn’t the best te but he never had a qb or an offensive line and he did very well in his career. I’m glad he’s going to be on the broadcasts.

  35. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    I will never forget the BEAT DOWN he gave the cowboys in 2005 season. A 3 TD performance running through and over cowboys. Thank you CC and good luck in broadcasting. HTTR.!!!!!

  36. ruthlessburgher says: Jul 16, 2013 3:20 PM

    When did Judd Hirsch play for the Redskins?

  37. divan22 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    ^nice memory.

    Oh wait.

    Witten >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cooley

    9 catches in 13 games the last 2 years, BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  38. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:
    Jul 16, 2013 3:18 PM
    I will never forget the BEAT DOWN he gave the cowboys in 2005 season. A 3 TD performance running through and over cowboys. Thank you CC and good luck in broadcasting. HTTR.!!!!!
    ————–
    haha. Your best memory of that bunk team of yours is a reg season game eons ago. Ask me trivia about Giants’ reg season games. The only one I can remember is the 36-Gooseegg beatdown we gave you after Wellington died. Other than that, all I remember is valiant playoff games and momentous recent SB wins.

  39. touchdownamericasteam says: Jul 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    Chris Cooley: The only thing he did better than Witten was talk trash. Congrats on a great career, and for being one of the lucky ones to get a lifeboat off of the Titanic. At least you can still make money once they change your former teams name, making your jersey a collector’s item!

  40. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2013 3:45 PM

    Surprised logical hasn’t been up here to tell us that he’s the greatest TE ever and will obviously be the greatest broadcaster ever….

  41. starchybunker says: Jul 16, 2013 3:49 PM

    why is there a picture of Judd Hirsch accompanying this article?

  42. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:56 PM

    hated cooley bec in his prime he tore the giants up.. but he seems like hed be awesome to hang out with..

    still love the guy tried 2 sneak in a case of beer in his contract–wish it happened.

  43. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:01 PM

    phillyupperdecker says:
    Jul 16, 2013 2:19 PM
    As a Eagles fan who hates the Redskins I always liked Cooley. Would take a guy like him any day of the week on my team.

    —————————-

    It’s nice to see a comment from another NFC East fan that’s not a juvenile jab about Cooley being ugly or random Redskins/Cowboys fans bickering. Cooley was a team player who would line up as a fullback, halfback, split out like a wide out, he was a great team player who would block on kick and punt returns and do whatever was asked. Not enough selfless team first players in the league anymore. He was a fun guy in the league without being a “me me” guy like a Chad Johnson. That’s a tough thing to do. He will be missed.

  44. jcpskins says: Jul 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    Cooley was the man! Always remember the time he cashed his bonus check by driving up the the teller window at his bank! I think it’s safe to say he was our best TE in franchise history!

  45. karlpilkington says: Jul 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    Dude tried to negotiate beer into his contract. Damd good player.. 2 time pro bowler. Stop being so jealous.. hail mfers..

  46. seabrawk12 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    Happy retirement Chris. Thanks for putting your body on the line at the expense of all of these ungrateful fans.

  47. andyreidisthegoat says: Jul 16, 2013 4:24 PM

    The player is always the last to know when he is retired. This guy has been unofficially retired for the last 2 years. Good luck in the next phase of life Chris. Don’t blow all of your money 5 years after retirement like 70% of the NFL. That is just a sad stat.

  48. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:31 PM

    should be the spokesperson for extenze

  49. twilson962 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:33 PM

    You know he’s a cool mofo. Last season he tried to negotiate a case of beer into his contract! How cool is that.

  50. trollaikman8 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    You know your franchise is bad when this guy may have been your Best TE in Team History.

    Slow? check
    Undersized? check
    Injury prone? check
    Horrible blocker? check
    Dwight-Howard-like goofball? check

    He’s just like Gronkowski, but less talented and less accomplished.

    Congrats foreskins, now you’re only $33Million over the cap.

  51. deddmunnie says: Jul 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    divan22 says:
    Jul 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    Oh, you mean for one regular season game several years ago? BAHAHA!

    Of course he meant a regular season game…. When do you ever go to the playoffs? Hail!

  52. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:43 PM

    Surprised logical hasn’t been up here to tell us that he’s the greatest TE ever and will obviously be the greatest broadcaster ever….

    logical is at daycare, and his parents dont pick him up til later on

  53. smootysmoot says: Jul 16, 2013 4:48 PM

    @divan22

    R u Jason Witten posting under the name divan22?? I think u have to be. Not sure why anyone would would hate Chris Cooley as much as u. Let me just make a couple of points “divan22″. Chris Cooley had many diff QB’s, never had a great WR on the outside of him and was never targeted 150 in a year like Witten. Cooley hasn’t been very productive over the past few years because of injury. If u watched Football, u would know that. The reason Witten hardly gets hurt is because he truly might be the softest TE in the League. Goes down on first contact no matter who hits him. Cooley tried to run over everyone. So divan22, u can stop throwing up all these numbers because nobody cares. Tell ur boy Witten to actually score a TD once in a while.

  54. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2013 5:08 PM

    peytonsneck18 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:43 PM

    Surprised logical hasn’t been up here to tell us that he’s the greatest TE ever and will obviously be the greatest broadcaster ever….

    logical is at daycare, and his parents dont pick him up til later on
    ========================

    LMAO!!! So true!

  55. zack2482 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:08 PM

    Quiet down Skins fans. The reason Cooley is getting all of this flack from Cowboys fans is because he ran his mouth!

  56. firesnyder says: Jul 16, 2013 5:08 PM

    Damn, was hoping Cooley would replace Lavar Arrington on 106.7TheFAN. A man can dream!

  57. laserw says: Jul 16, 2013 5:11 PM

    HTTR

    Chris was a beast and gave us everything he had.

    Take care, Chris, and best of luck in your new career. You will be missed!

  58. trollingforjustice says: Jul 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    The man has a heart of gold. two years ago before a game in Jacksonville, he sent my sister a football because she was decked out in redskin gear and was cheering for him loudly. She had breast cancer then and said in all her life, that was her” best day ever!”
    Sadly she passed away this feb. Thanks for making her day Mr Cooley.

  59. hawkwind8 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:53 PM

    jcpskins says:
    Jul 16, 2013 4:02 PM
    Cooley was the man! Always remember the time he cashed his bonus check by driving up the the teller window at his bank! I think it’s safe to say he was our best TE in franchise history!

    Guess you are probably too young to remember Jerry Smith.

    Key member of the Redskins’ NFC Champion and Super Bowl team in 1972… Fourth all-time on the Redskins’ list for career receptions with 421… Sixth all-time in Redskins’ history in receiving yards with 5,496… Recorded 421 receptions for 5,496 yards and 60 touchdowns during the course of his career.

  60. Grulks says: Jul 16, 2013 6:00 PM

    @smootysmoot
    Not sure why anyone would would hate Chris Cooley as much as u. Let me just make a couple of points “divan22″. Chris Cooley had many diff QB’s, never had a great WR on the outside of him and was never targeted 150 in a year like Witten. Cooley hasn’t been very productive over the past few years because of injury. If u watched Football, u would know that. The reason Witten hardly gets hurt is because he truly might be the softest TE in the League. Goes down on first contact no matter who hits him. Cooley tried to run over everyone. So divan22, u can stop throwing up all these numbers because nobody cares. Tell ur boy Witten to actually score a TD once in a while.
    /
    Dallas fans don’t like Cooley bc he dissed Witten and Romo, then tried to play it off as a joke, then still talked trash saying he was better than Witten. Thats NOT in any way shape or form classy. You just cant expect Dallas fans to forgive that.

    As for your argument that Cooley never had a decent QB or WR, Skins fans have been saying for years Romo sucks. So which is it, either Romo sucks and Witten STILL crushed Fooley, or Romo is pretty good. You cant have it both ways. Also, are you snow saying Moss sucked?? Santana was a great WR for the skins.

    Softest TE in the league? Goes down after first contact? Youre either blind, or insane. Try looking up the run JW made after THREE eagles took his helmut off and bloodied his nose. He only ran another 50 yards after that. As for toughness, he played with a lacerated spleen. That could potentially KILL you if it further became ruptured. He played with broken ribs. I seem to remember Capt Crybaby sitting out bc of a hip injury for half a season. Its bc of his toughness that Witten owns the records for: most receptions in a single game by a TE, most receptions in a season by a TE, 3rd most yards and receptions in NfL history by a TE, and is one of the best blocking TEs in the league.

    Take off your Redskins blinders, and stop hatng on JW. No matter how much you dislike him, it wont make Cooley any more respectable.

    Let me show you how its done: I had hoped that despite all of Cooleys BS, that when the skins released him, Dallas would have picked him up. Cooley was an above average TE, and I felt that at the time, he would have made a great compliment to Witten in a two TE set. While I don’t like Cooley for how he spoke about Dallas or its fans, I do think he is pretty funny, and was a fairly good TE in his day.

  61. moeman79 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:24 PM

    good for him, for most of the 2000′s this guy was the olny redskin worth buying his jersey

  62. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:41 PM

    wasnt this the same guy who posted pics of the redskins playbook while also showing his little member also? comical!!!

  63. accipiterq says: Jul 16, 2013 6:44 PM

    guy had a heck of a play-book….

  64. kev86 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:48 PM

    He can touch on his zero SBs with the skins.

  65. smootysmoot says: Jul 16, 2013 7:03 PM

    @Grulks

    Don’t give me that take my Redskins blinders off crap. One run does not make u tough. Witten is soft and that has nothing to do with Witten being A Cowboy. Tell me something… Does it help to have one QB throwing to u all the time? Do u catch more balls if u r targeted more? Does it help to get open easier with WR like TO, Miles Austin and De Bryant? Does help to have been in the same offense forever?Does it help not to get injured? Ur throwing stats out that I don’t care about. Also, I never said Romo sucks. Ur the one with blinders on. Cooley when have been even more productive and benefitted more with what Witten has had. Compliment to Witten… Please.

  66. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 17, 2013 2:44 PM

    rickyck45 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Loser…He never had anything good to say about anyone else…Going to be pretty tuff to just talk about himself in that position.
    _________________
    Source? From NFL players own accounts’ Cooley was one of the nicest players in the game. Win or lose (unfortunately “lose” more often than not), he was always one of the first guys off the bench to go congratulate the other team. He was a hard-worker, a great teammate and never had a “me-first” attitude, even when he was, by far, the best player on the team. Was he also a goofball who challenged Tony Romo to a cage-fight on Twitter? Absolutely. Because it made fans laugh. And he understood the difference between excelling at football anad entertaining the fans, and performed both jobs admirably.

  67. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 17, 2013 4:46 PM

    kev86 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:48 PM

    He can touch on his zero SBs with the skins.
    ______________
    Good point. He could also touch on every player on the roster of the 27 other teams who didn’t win a Super Bowl in that era.

  68. zemongoose says: Jul 17, 2013 6:22 PM

    He was one of the coolest players in NFL history and a pretty damn good TE.

  69. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:51 AM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Jul 16, 2013 5:08 PM
    peytonsneck18 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:43 PM

    Surprised logical hasn’t been up here to tell us that he’s the greatest TE ever and will obviously be the greatest broadcaster ever….

    logical is at daycare, and his parents dont pick him up til later on
    ========================

    LMAO!!! So true!

    ————————–

    I’m I skins fan myself, but I have to agree… Logical just drives me nuts with his/her totally blind and ignorant comments. He makes all Redskins fans look bad by association… I think you might be onto something… He thinks like a child, maybe he is in daycare!

  70. endzone says: Aug 3, 2013 7:26 PM

    Hey Cooley was a great tight end. He just was unlucky in his QBs and then bad knee injuries for 2 years that they did not give him a fair chance last year to prove were behind him. RG3, the team, the coaches and we fans all lost out on a bad decision. I’d bet on Chris over Fred any day. Look how that turned out.

    Chris Good Luck in Coloring it all up funny for us. We loved you because you are 1) a great Real human being, 2) a great TE in the NFl, and most important, 3) hilarious! And being hilarious through the seasons you survived with us was pure virtue.

    And Chris I have a very beautiful, unmarried, college educated, skinny employed daughter exactly your age. She’s real low maintenance. Wouldn’t that be a nice break from the cheerleader Barbies?

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