Amari Cooper: It’s America’s Team; who wouldn’t be excited?

AP

Amari Cooper was on the practice field with the Raiders on Tuesday when a member of the support staff pulled him off to meet with General Manager Reggie McKenzie. The receiver knew what was coming. He just didn’t know where he was going.

“I wasn’t really surprised because there were rumors,” Cooper said Wednesday.

The Cowboys gave up their first-round pick in 2019 to get Cooper, who immediately becomes the team’s No. 1 receiver. Cooper practiced with his new team for the first time Wednesday.

“It feels great,” Cooper said. “It feels like a fresh start, just like a freshman year in college or something like that.

“. . . This is a good team. I’m just giving them something to build on I guess you can say. And it’s America’s Team. Who wouldn’t be excited?”

Cooper, 24, never lived up to the expectations the Raiders had when they made him the No. 4 overall pick in 2015. He is the Raiders’ third-leading receiver this season with 22 catches for 280 yards and a touchdown, and he finished his Oakland career with 225 catches for 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in 52 games.

Now, he’s starting over, saying “it feels great to be wanted.”

“When I found out I was going to be a Dallas Cowboys, I just knew I would have to adapt fast,” Cooper said. “I knew everything would happen real fast. I didn’t really have time to think about it, to be honest. Flew here the next day, packed some stuff and was ready for a change.”

Cleared from his concussion, Cooper took his first throws from Dak Prescott on Wednesday. He plans to get some extra work in with his new quarterback this week with the Cowboys on their off week, and he will dive into the playbook all weekend.

“I have to stack the days together,” Cooper said. “Obviously learn the system, and just be ready to go out there when my name is called. All the other stuff will come.”

95 responses to “Amari Cooper: It’s America’s Team; who wouldn’t be excited?

  1. It’s a fine team. And I like it’s fans. But it hasn’t been America’s Team, or at least representative of America, since Jerry Jones bought it.

  2. So tired of the America’s Team Schict. When was the last time Dallas did anything. Their tv ratings are down. Yeah, Americas team. America doesnt like losers.

  3. I’m pretty sure he’s excited to play anywhere else besides Oakland at this point.

  4. Good luck to him. A super talented receiver who has underwhelmed in the NFL. I wish him the best with his new team.

  5. Not sure who’s in for the bigger surprise, Amari or the Cowboys?

  6. Not uncommon to see a player switch teams and flourish. And also not uncommon to see a player go downhill. Coaching, the play book and any number of things. Look at Keenum. Floats around the league and boom, takes the Vikings to the playoffs. Goes to Denver and looks mediocre again….

  7. “America’s Team” was a title that the Cowboys bestowed upon themselves. However, there was a time when the Cowboys had the most respected HC in America in Tom Landry. And of course the way that Jones treated Landry when he bought the team was a national disgrace.

  8. Not sure why it bothers people that we Are Indeed Americas Team Bar None Regardless.
    Anyways the nfc east is wide open, im getting weary of Dak and the coaches still BUT at least this is the final straw. I understand that when teams stack 10 men in the box because your wideouts are very average at best and dont scare ANYONE. Teams are stacking because they know Zeke is a Beast and Dak is a runner. So hence the coaches were kinda LIMITED for SURE! Would have been nice to snag Romo as a player/coach during the bye!

  9. I’m an American, and they are not my team.

    Symbol of the USA is an Eagle
    Fly Eagles Fly!!!

  10. Cooper, 24, never lived up to the expectations the Raiders had when they made him the No. 4 overall pick in 2015
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    He made the pro bowl his first 2 seasons. I wouldn’t say he ‘never’ lived up to expectations. Maybe his QB has been trash this season and last? Because he’s had big games this year when they’ve targeted him, but in 4 of the 7 games they barely looked his way.

  11. araidersfan says:
    However, there was a time when the Cowboys had the most respected HC in America in Tom Landry.
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    Anyone buying the team would have dumped Landry. The guy was an absolute shell of himself the last several years. As Jimmy Hoffa said, you’re going to fire a lot of people when you take over, do the bulk of that firing right away so that the people remaining don’t feel threatened, they feel grateful (for still having a job).

  12. He’s just excited he gets to go the team value party, that Cowboys fans are so fond of, and the end of the regular season.

  13. “I’m just giving them something to build on I guess you can say.”

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    Why don’t you just cut to the chase and tell everyone how lucky they are to have you, Amari.

  14. It’s only America’s team because of marketing.

    That does not mean it is America’s team.

    Thinking Americans have long given up on you fools.

  15. Straight Cash Homie says:
    October 24, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    That’s laughable! The Texans are more liked in the state of Texas than the Cowboys. So if you aren’t even your states team, then you definitely are NOT America’s team!
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    You don’t live in Texas do you? If you do, you live in Houston. Dallas played in Houston this year and the HOUSTON players said it felt like a road game due to how many Cowboy’s fans were there.

  16. “Cooper, 24, never lived up to the expectations the Raiders had when they made him the No. 4 overall pick in 2015.” That’s patently false. Cooper completely lived up to expectations in his first two seasons, had a down year when he was dealing with injuries, and then didn’t fully rebound during the tire fire season that Oakland has been having. For more than half his Raider career, he was precisely as advertised, which makes “never” sound pretty darn wrong.

  17. araidersfan says:
    October 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    “America’s Team” was a title that the Cowboys bestowed upon themselves. However, there was a time when the Cowboys had the most respected HC in America in Tom Landry. And of course the way that Jones treated Landry when he bought the team was a national disgrace.
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    Nah, a commentator coined the name for them….but keep trying.

  18. Americas team? Bull. Its the opposite. They’re like Real Madrid and Man utd. People only watch them hoping they’ll lose because they’re so hated.

  19. The New England Patriots are America’s team in this current 21st century. Love them or hate them, they’ve played in some of the most watched and highest rated super bowls of all time. Until Brady and Belichick retire, they are the class of the NFL. If you want to talk about America’s team over the course of NFL history, it’s the Green Bay Packers.

  20. Sorry, the Cowboys aren’t America’s team. Was it cowboys that fought the British for this great land? NO, it were Patriots. America’s only TRUE team.

  21. “As Jimmy Hoffa said…”
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    Well, considering that you didn’t quote anything after saying that we’ll never know what Hoffa may have said. Not that anyone should be concerned about what a corrupt, mafia connected labor boss had to say.

  22. The “America’s Team” thing aside, I bet it would be cool to play in the huge fancy indoor stadium 10 times a year in a big football city.

  23. Between being with the Raiders and Cowboys, it’s like asking a condemned man, do they want the firing squad or lethal injection?

  24. cardinealsfan20 says:
    “As Jimmy Hoffa said…”
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    Well, considering that you didn’t quote anything after saying that we’ll never know what Hoffa may have said. Not that anyone should be concerned about what a corrupt, mafia connected labor boss had to say.
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    Well I was paraphrasing from the 1992 Hoffa movie directed by Danny DeVito starring Jack Nicholson. Never the less when was the last time a Hoffa reference was used on PFT? And was he corrupt and in the mafia? Maybe, at least he had a pulse and was better than anyone currently involved in the American Labor Movement.

  25. They haven’t been “America’s Team” since Troy Aikman was the quarterback. Cooper’s excitement should wear off quickly after he sees that he just got traded into more adversity… an owner who thinks he’s the head coach, a head coach who’s always on the hot seat because he’s not very good, and a team who hasn’t won a playoff game since the 90’s. Excited? Ha.

  26. “Flew here the next day, packed some stuff and was ready for a change.”
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    Aren’t you supposed to pack some stuff and THEN fly there the next day…?

  27. Oh please. The Dallas Cowboys were dubbed “America’s Team” by NFL Films in 1978.

  28. To be fair, there have been a lot of different “America’s team(s)” throughout NFL history:

    1930s – 1960s America’s Team: Green Bay Packers
    1970s America’s Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
    1980s America’s Team: San Francisco 49ers
    1990s America’s Team: Dallas Cowboys
    2000s till now America’s Team: New England Patriots

    You can’t go wrong with any of these five. Without these teams, the NFL would be so boring.

  29. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    phillycheeze says:

    From what I’ve seen when attending games there, they are more like Mexico’s team”
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    You’ve never attended a game in Dallas.

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    Actually, I live in Texas and have been to about five. But don’t let that stop you from making baseless comments on topics you know nothing about.

  30. NHPats says:
    October 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Does that make Jason Garett “America’s Coach”?

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    …or scarier still, does Jerry Jones own America??

  31. araidersfan says:
    October 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    “America’s Team” was a title that the Cowboys bestowed upon themselves. However, there was a time when the Cowboys had the most respected HC in America in Tom Landry. And of course the way that Jones treated Landry when he bought the team was a national disgrace.
    ———————–
    When Jerry bought the team the game had passed him (Landry) by. I loved him in the 70’s but by the late 80’s, the Cowboys were awful and going nowhere. Terminating Landry asap and bringing in a new coach was the smart, albeit unpopular, move.

    Oh, by the way, it was NFL Films (Bob Ryan) who coined the term America’s Team in 1979, NOT the Cowboys. The did not “bestow it upon themselves” as mentioned above. History!!

  32. Straight Cash Homie says:
    October 24, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    That’s laughable! The Texans are more liked in the state of Texas than the Cowboys. So if you aren’t even your states team, then you definitely are NOT America’s team

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    I am not a Cowboys fan in the least, but I find this amusing.

    McNair would trade the Texans straight up for the Cowboys in a heartbeat-and make several billion $ in the process.

    I live in Texas and travel very frequently. Outside of the general Houston area you would be hard pressed to find any Texans gear other than the occasional guy in a JJ Watt jersey. You can go into a sports bar anywhere and it is almost guaranteed somebody will be wearing Cowboys gear. Dallas, Green Bay, and for now the Pats are nationwide teams whether we want them to be or not.

  33. I’m from Canada and i know a ton of Cowboys fans, they are the “Worlds Team”. Just look at the t.v. ratings and merchandise sales and they are also the most valuable team in the world according to Forbes.

    stick that in your pipes and smoke it!

  34. stucats says:
    October 24, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    I’m from Canada and i know a ton of Cowboys fans, they are the “Worlds Team”. Just look at the t.v. ratings and merchandise sales and they are also the most valuable team in the world according to Forbes.

    stick that in your pipes and smoke it!

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    Canada has the internet?!?!?

  35. Umm all NFL teams are in America and they all have fans. So I’m pretty sure no team can claim this title.

  36. stucats says:
    October 24, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    I’m from Canada and i know a ton of Cowboys fans, they are the “Worlds Team”. Just look at the t.v. ratings and merchandise sales and they are also the most valuable team in the world according to Forbes.

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    ratings fueled by people hoping to see them lose

  37. Gotta love the haters who come to talk smack. And make snarky comments and jokes showing what little petulant children they are. FACT: The Cowboys ARE America’s Team. It’s why the NFL is always looking to put them in the prime time games.

  38. Vegas will be busy this weekend on taking Cooper bets
    -the over/under dropped passes
    -Drops first pass
    -Runs the right route

  39. STOP with Dallas being America’s team. If any team should be America’s team it’s the Boston/New England Patriots. Red white and blue uniforms/team playing in a truly historic city. Bills second with red white and blue uniforms with an American Bison on the helmet. Dallas has silver and white with a star on their helmets playing in a city of glitter and glass.

  40. Gil Brandt was behind America’s team make no mistake about it.
    “We did a lot of things people didn’t really realize we did,” said Gil Brandt, the Cowboys player personnel director from 1960-89. “We answered every letter from every fan, and we would put a little flyer in there that they could buy T-shirts for $4 and wristbands for $2 and so forth. Everybody was surprised that they would actually get a letter from an NFL team and every player on our team. It was good for us, and it was good for the future of NFL Properties.”

  41. “New England Patriots. Red white and blue uniforms…” you forgot to mention the silver.

    Uniforms that the Patriots ruined by wearing those hideous silver helmets and blues jerseys. And the pennant logo on the helmet is really the worst. You had something really good and you blew it all for money.

  42. The only people that still say America’s Team are people that either don’t like the team or people who don’t know any better like Cooper.

  43. Get over it Cowboys fans you aren’t America’s team, never were. We have regional teams, face it. And as far as the NFL still promoting your team today. I agree they still do, the Cowboys get too many national televised games they don’t deserve. But now a days you fans probably should not want that because your QB is garbage.And your team just isn’t very good.

  44. The Boys have owned the most recognizable nickname in the history of
    sports since the late 70’s.
    You can’t say it should be this team or that team because we all know
    it’s not the truth.
    The jealousy is rampant and comical but I understand, everybody wants there
    team to be called America’s Team.
    Oh well, stop crying and come up with a better nickname for your beloved team.
    Cowboys fans are good with the one we have.
    Oh and whoever said the Texans own the state of Texas must be sniffing glue.Oh boy!

  45. It is Americas Team.. Its the most valuable Franchise in the world, it gets the most ratings in nationally televised games and its merchandise value is through the roof. So.. let me break it down

    people pay a lot of money to see them
    people spend a lot of time watching them
    People spend a lot of money on their brand

    Regardless of what their record is, who the owner, coach, QB or diva wr prison gang they throw out, this is still Americas Team. All the other teams are trying to mirror the dallas cowboys in one way or another. Here in Frisco TX we have “The Star” where the Cowboys practice. We have a public gym you can join to exercise.. Soon there will be Ravens Fit, Eagles Fit, Patriots Fit etc.. Almost all the teams have sent people here to model the cowboys. They still have the 8th Wonder of the World in the Stadium they built 10 years ago. This is Americas Team.

  46. fmc651 says:
    October 24, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    Gil Brandt was behind America’s team make no mistake about it.
    “We did a lot of things people didn’t really realize we did,” said Gil Brandt, the Cowboys player personnel director from 1960-89. “We answered every letter from every fan, and we would put a little flyer in there that they could buy T-shirts for $4 and wristbands for $2 and so forth. Everybody was surprised that they would actually get a letter from an NFL team and every player on our team. It was good for us, and it was good for the future of NFL Properties.”
    —————
    Gil Brandt WAS NOT behind it. Did he take advantage of it? Yeah, in a big way! But Brandt didn’t create it. Bob Ryan at NFL Films did!

  47. They should’ve used the 1st round pick on Earl Thomas before he got injured. If I were ET I’d be pissed as hell at my home team for not giving up the 1st rounder to “come get me”. Especially now that they’ve given one up for an over rated, sub par #2 at best receiver.

  48. wttoolman says:
    October 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm
    $4,200,000,000. That is all.
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    I have been a Cowboys fan since 1969 and I have seen a lot of bad and good Dallas teams over that period. It cracks me up about these newer Jerry Jones fans that think the so called value
    of a Pro football team means anything to a true Pro football Fan. It’s all about Playoff success and being relevant to winning a Super Bowl. So if you want to give credit to Jerry for
    making more money for himself go ahead, it still only matters that the Cowboys are mostly
    non-relevant since Jerry took full control. America Team that was mannnnnny years ago.

  49. Many young football fans probably do not know what America’s team means. Is America’s team one that has not played in the Super Bowl in the 21st century yet?

  50. I’m with DONALD…….LETS MAKE AMERICAS TEAM GREAT AGAIN..!!! I nominate the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!! There I fixed that.

  51. If Dallas is America’s team, then Trump truly does have to make America Great Again because its team has sucked for decades.

  52. patriotwayrules says:
    October 24, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I’m with DONALD…….LETS MAKE AMERICAS TEAM GREAT AGAIN..!!! I nominate the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!! There I fixed that.
    ===================================================

    No that would be LETS MAKE AMERICA CHEAT AGAIN

  53. Sure seem to be a lot of Raiders fans that hate everything especially with their team being dismantled one player at a time.

  54. bradygirl12 says:
    October 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    They haven’t been “America’s Team” since Troy Aikman was the quarterback. Cooper’s excitement should wear off quickly after he sees that he just got traded into more adversity… an owner who thinks he’s the head coach, a head coach who’s always on the hot seat because he’s not very good, and a team who hasn’t won a playoff game since the 90’s. Excited? Ha.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    As a fan of the 5 Time World Champion Dallas Cowboys, I get it when people wanna rag on the Cowboys. But when you do, at least state facts. Yes, it’s not much, but the Cowboys have won 2 playoff games since the 90s. Not zero. If you would’ve said Super Bowls, then you would be correct.

    Also, I know it’s not much but Dallas has won the division in 2009, 2014, and 2016. 2016 Dallas was the #1 seed. Yes, I know they didn’t win the Super Bowl in any of these years, but to say they’ve accomplished NOTHING since 95 is idiotic. I bet when your team wins the division or is the #1 seed, you wouldn’t consider it nothing.

  55. Yes they haven’t won a Superbowl in a while, but they’re almost always in contention and exciting – especially under Romo (and Dak in 2016). They’ll thrill you or break your heart.

    Most valuable, most watched, most loved, and most hated. All the proof you need is in the comments above.

  56. jorgetown420 says:
    October 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    bradygirl12 says:
    October 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    They haven’t been “America’s Team” since Troy Aikman was the quarterback. Cooper’s excitement should wear off quickly after he sees that he just got traded into more adversity… an owner who thinks he’s the head coach, a head coach who’s always on the hot seat because he’s not very good, and a team who hasn’t won a playoff game since the 90’s. Excited? Ha.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    As a fan of the 5 Time World Champion Dallas Cowboys, I get it when people wanna rag on the Cowboys. But when you do, at least state facts. Yes, it’s not much, but the Cowboys have won 2 playoff games since the 90s. Not zero. If you would’ve said Super Bowls, then you would be correct.

    Also, I know it’s not much but Dallas has won the division in 2009, 2014, and 2016. 2016 Dallas was the #1 seed. Yes, I know they didn’t win the Super Bowl in any of these years, but to say they’ve accomplished NOTHING since 95 is idiotic. I bet when your team wins the division or is the #1 seed, you wouldn’t consider it nothing.
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    Wow! That’s sad that you brought up the pathetic winning of 4 division titles and Won 2 playoff games over a 23 year period. What’s idiotic is you took the time to do it.

  57. Cooper has great games and he has bad ones. Go back and watch the game he played against the Chief last year. Monster game – bunch or drops. No player has more drops per target than Cooper. So blame that on the Raiders all you like but a drop is a drop. Maybe he plays better maybe not… but is he really worth 14M a year, that’s AB/Julio Jones money. Time will tell but the trade is bad not only because they gave away a 1st rounder for a player that would be released at the end of the year but also because of the salary coming up next year. He really has to get it going to warrant that kind of money$$

  58. America’s Team brings in the ratings. People complain about the Cowboys all the time, but all of you flock to your tv’s when they’re playing. Doesn’t matter if they’re 8-1 or 1-8, Cowboys = ratings.

  59. D1442zzx says: Wow! That’s sad that you brought up the pathetic winning of 4 division titles and Won 2 playoff games over a 23 year period. What’s idiotic is you took the time to do it.
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    Let me guess? You’re going to say your a pats or steelers fan? If you’re not a fan of either of those teams, then what do you have to say about your own team?

  60. Shameless self promotion didn’t make you America’s team. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort Dallas. America was just not into you Cowboys.

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