The greatest tight end in the history of the Washington Redskins retired on Tuesday. Chris Cooley will now take his talents to Washington’s radio broadcast booth where he should succeed expectations as a NFL broadcaster.
“I’m pumped,” Cooley said, according to the Washington Post. “This is a great deal for me. I really want this job, and I want to do it for a long time.”
Cooley dominated for nine seasons with the Redskins in which he quickly became a fan favorite. He hauled in 429 receptions for 4,711 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdowns in 117 career games. Unfortunately, Cooley only saw the postseason twice in his career. However, he made the most of his opportunity. In three playoff games, he caught 11 passes for 143 yards and six first downs.
Since the 31-year-old has yet to officially turn in his retirement papers to the league, there is a small chance that he could return to the gridiron this season if Washington needs him. However, it appears that Cooley should get used to watching the games on Sunday instead of playing them.
“That door would be open a crack,” Cooley said, according to the Washington Post. “But do I plan to play? No. I’m not officially retiring, mostly because I’m a procrastinator. But my plans are to be done. I don’t plan to play. I feel pretty fortunate.”
Cooley’s job in the booth will be to provide analysis from a player’s point of view, which will serve to be very entertaining. It is always great to hear guys talk about football, but typically, it is the former players who are really intriguing because of their experience. In Cooley’s case, he will be talking about players he suited up with and played against over the years.