Chris Cooley, one of the most popular players in Redskins franchise history, has decided to hang up his cleats today. Cooley was released by the Redskins during training camp last season, but ended up resigning with the team during the season after Fred Davis suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Cooley was in contact with multiple other teams after his release, but made it clear that he would only return to football if it was with the Washington Redskins.
Chris Cooley was a third round draft pick in 2004 out of Utah State. He spent his entire nine year career with the Redskins while producing 429 receptions for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2007,2008) as well as an All-Pro selection in 2005. The Redskins struggled over the last decade, but Cooley was always a bright spot during those rough years. No matter the score or the season record, he always gave the game and the team everything he had which is why he quickly became a fan favorite in Washington.
Don’t think Cooley’s career with the organization is over yet though. While Cooley remains a fan-favorite in Washington, he has a mutual love for the city and the team. He has already agreed to join the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcasting team as an analyst. Cooley will provide periodic analysis throughout the game. I’m sure Redskins fans are thrilled to hear about Cooley joining the broadcast, especially after Washington legend Sam Huff retired this season after being the main radio host for the past 38 seasons. Redskins fans everywhere couldn’t be more thrilled to have Cooley in the broadcast booth, and hope that he enjoy a lengthy “second career” with the team.