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Chris Cooley

Chris Cooley is a former professional American football player who played for the Washington Redskins in (NFL). Moreover, Chris Cooley plays in the Tight end position and he played college football for Utah State University. In addition, he was chosen by the Redskins in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft.

Early life

Christopher Ken Cooley best known as Chris Cooley was born on 11 July 1982, in Powell, Wyoming, the United States of America. As of now, he is 39 years old and he holds American nationality. Moreover, he has a zodiac sign of Cancer and he is a Catholic by religion. Talking about his parents, he is the son of Ken Cooley (father) and Nancy Cooley (mother). During Chris’s school years, his parents got divorced. Furthermore, his mother shifted from Utah a couple of years ago and taught business at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn. On the other hand, his father, Ken owns an auto-body shop in his hometown, Wyoming.

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Caption: Chris Cooley posing for a photo (Source: Hogs Haven)

college years

Talking about his academic background, he graduated from Logan High School in Logan, Utah. During high school, he received awards for outstanding performance in football, wrestling, and baseball. As a senior football tight end, he had a great season, collecting 45 passes for 625 yards.

In addition, he had eight sacks and countless tackles on defense. Along with baseball, he was a good wrestler, posting a 54-0 record during his senior year. He competed in the state competition, winning the title and earning All-America honors. In addition, he had 95 receptions for 1,255 yards by the time he graduated from Utah State University. He had topped the NCAA in tight end receptions during his senior season. For his outstanding performance and hard effort, he was inducted into the Utah State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career

In the 2004 NFL Draft, he got selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round, with the 81st overall pick. The team used him more in the last eight games than they did in the first half of the 2004 season. The Redskins used him a lot more in the last eight games than they did in the first half of the 2004 season. During his first NFL season, the Redskins scored six touchdowns and had 37 receptions for 314 yards. They had also caught three passes of over twenty yards in the game, resulting in twenty-three first downs. He averaged 8.5 yards per catch at the end of the season.

He had a breakthrough season as a receiver in 2005, catching 71 passes for 774 yards and seven touchdowns, including three in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, breaking the Redskins franchise record for tight end receptions in a single season. Because his opponent had Chris on his fantasy football team, those three touchdowns lost him in his fantasy football playoff game.

With 422,314 votes, he led all NFC tight ends in fan voting for the annual Pro Bowl but was not selected after player and coach voting. Under the play-calling of Al Saunders, the Washington Redskins’ new offensive coordinator, he had a slowdown starting in 2006. With only three receptions in the first two weeks, he appeared to be out of place in the new offensive scheme, but he grew into an important element of the Redskins attack in the weeks that followed. He finished the season with somewhat lower numbers than his sophomore season, but he was still one of the game’s best tight ends.

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Caption: Chris Cooley playing for Washington Redskins (Source: Pinterest)

Contract extension

He signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension on September 1, 2007.  Chris Cooley, along with Redskins tackles Chris Samuels, long-snapper Ethan Albright, and the late safety Sean Taylor was named to the 2007 Pro Bowl team on December 18, 2007. He became the first tight end in NFL history to score six or more touchdowns in each of his first four seasons, setting an NFL record. Chris broke his ankle in a Monday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 26, 2009. Initially, it expects that he would miss the rest of the 2009 season.

Injury and surgery

On October 27, 2009, he tweeted that the break might not be as severe as he had feared and that he could be back in as little as four weeks. A 66-yard touchdown is his longest play of the season. He was officially placed on injured reserve on November 30, 2009. He appeared in all sixteen games of the 2010 season, but on January 3, 2011, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Moreover, he did not play in any of the preseason games since he was still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

He only appeared in the first five games of the 2011 season. With 422 catches, he broke Jerry Smith’s record of 421 receptions set in Week 1 against the New York Giants and became the Washington Redskins’ all-time leader in tight end receptions. He subbed in for Darrel Young and Mike Sellers, who were both injured, in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys, and played fullback for the first time in his career. He broke his finger in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles. After his knee was checked again by his doctor on October 25, 2011, he was formally placed on an injured reserve. He was told that it would take another four to five weeks for his knee to fully recover.

2012 season, announced a retirement and broadcasting career

It was reported during the preseason that his knee had fully recovered and that he had even lost 20 pounds in preparation for the 2012 season. On August 28, 2012, the Redskins released him. General manager Bruce Allen had suggested that he would return to the Redskins. After Fred Davis tore his Achilles tendon and was out for the season, he agreed to re-sign with the Redskins on October 21, 2012. He announced his retirement from the NFL on July 16, 2013, according to The Washington Post.

The Washington Post also stated on the same day that he would join the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcast team as an analyst. He extended his role as an analyst by co-hosting “Cooley & Kevin,” a morning drive time sports show on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., with his partner, Kevin Sheehan. The show, however, cancels in 2018. Despite this, he has launched “The Chris Cooley Show,” his podcast. He discusses the Redskins and current NFL news in his podcast. In similarly, he has his blog, “The Cooley Zone,” where he posts his Redskins training materials.

Chris Cooley – Net Worth 2023

In 2007 and 2008, he names 2 time Pro Bowl. Moreover, he gets to list Washington Redskins all-time leader in receptions at tight end. Besides that, he gets included in the Utah State University Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was First-team All-Sun Belt.

Talking about his net worth, his net worth estimates at around $8 million and has not revealed his salary or income in public.

Chris Cooley – Relationship Status

In 2002, he married Angela Cooley. Later, the pair divorced in 2005. Following years, he began dating his former team, Washington Redskin’s cheerleader (Redskinnette), Christy Oglevee. On 23 May 2008, they married in Landsdowne, Virginia. The couple has a daughter whose name is Sloane. Unfortunately, the pair divorced in September 2012. As of now, there is no more information regarding his marriage.

Chris Cooley – Body measurements

Chris Cooley stands around 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 110 kg. In addition, he has brown eyes and brown hair color.

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Caption: Chris Cooley’s body measurement (Source: The Washington Post)

Social Media

Chris Cooley is active on Twitter, where, there are more than 176.1k followers. Apart from this, he is not present on Facebook and Instagram.