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


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.

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

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

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

  3. 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).

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!!

  26. @frank1871

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

  27. “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.

  28. @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

  29. 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.

  30. 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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