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Chris Cooley

Cooley at Redskins training camp in 2006.
No. 47     Washington Redskins
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: July 11, 1982 (1982-07-11) (age 27)
Place of birth: Powell, Wyoming
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Utah State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Debuted in 2004 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     343
Receiving yards     3,789
Touchdowns     30
Stats at

Christopher Michael "Chris" Cooley (born July 11, 1982 in Powell, Wyoming) is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Redskins in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah State.


Early years

Cooley attended Logan High School in Logan, Utah, and lettered in football, wrestling, and baseball. As a senior football tight end, he caught 45 passes for 625 yards (13.34 yards per rec. avg.) and on defense, added eight sacks and numerous tackles. In wrestling, he posted a 54–0 record his senior season and won the state championship and All-America honors.

College career

Cooley finished his college football career at Utah State University with 95 receptions for 1,255 yards (13.2 yards per rec. avg.). He was part of a talented receiving corps with teammate Kevin Curtis who currently plays in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2003, his senior season at Utah State, Cooley led the NCAA in receptions by a tight end.

Professional career


In 2004, Cooley was drafted with the 81st pick in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. After being used sparingly in the first half of the 2004 season, Cooley began to be used more extensively in the last eight games, developing a rapport with Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey. In his first NFL season, Cooley led the team in touchdowns (with six), while recording 37 receptions for 314 yards, catching three passes of more than twenty yards, and getting 23 first downs. He finished the season with an average of 8.5 yards per catch. He was the Redskins' nominee for the NFL Man of the Year award for his work reading to children and feeding the poor. He is also known by the nickname "Johnny White Guy", which was given to him by Clinton Portis during one of Portis' colorful press conferences.


Cooley blossomed as a receiver, catching 71 passes for 774 yards and seven touchdowns, including three in a game versus the rival Dallas Cowboys, breaking the Redskins franchise record for receptions as a tight end.[1] Those three touchdowns ended up actually costing Cooley his fantasy football playoff game, because his opponent had Cooley on his fantasy team.[2] He led all NFC fullbacks in fan voting for the annual Pro Bowl with 422,314 votes, but following player and coach voting (each group has 1/3 weight), was not chosen for the position.


In 2006, Cooley got off to a slow start under the play calling of the Washington Redskins new offensive coordinator, Al Saunders. With only three receptions in the first two weeks, Cooley appeared to not have a place in the new offensive scheme, but in the weeks following became a growing part of the Redskins offense. Cooley ended the season with numbers slightly less than his sophomore outing, but was still one of the top tight ends in the game.


In 2007, Cooley had scored in all but one game as of week six. In the sixth week, Cooley had 9 receptions for a career high 105 yards and one touchdown in a 17-14 loss against the Green Bay Packers. On December 18, 2007 Chris Cooley was named to the 2007 Pro Bowl team with Redskins tackle Chris Samuels, long-snapper Ethan Albright, and the late safety Sean Taylor. Cooley set an NFL record by being the only tight end in league history to have six or more touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.


In 2008, Cooley scored only a single touchdown. In the fifth week, Cooley had 8 receptions for a career high 109 yards and one touchdown from a pass from Antwaan Randle El in a 23–17 win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Cooley finished the season with 83 catches for 849 yards and 1 touchdown; career highs in catches and yardage. Cooley was the only player not to get into the stat book in the 2009 Pro Bowl.


On October 26, 2009, in a Monday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, Chris Cooley sustained a break to his ankle.[3]. It was initially speculated that Cooley would miss the remainder of the 2009 season. On October 27, 2009, Cooley commeneted via Twitter that the break may not be as bad as originally thought and that he could possibly return in as little as four weeks. [4] His longest play of the year is a 66 yard touchdown.

On November 30, 2009, Cooley was officially placed on Injured Reserve.


Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2004 Washington Redskins 16 9 37 314 8.5 31 6
2005 Washington Redskins 16 16 71 774 10.9 32 7
2006 Washington Redskins 16 16 67 734 12.9 66 6
2007 Washington Redskins 16 16 66 786 11.9 39 8
2008 Washington Redskins 16 16 83 849 10.2 28 1
2009 Washington Redskins 7 7 27 332 11.5 25 2
TOTAL 86 79 341 3,787 11.0 66 30


Cooley currently lives in Hamilton, Virginia and is married to former Redskins cheerleader Christy Oglevee.[5] Oglevee had been fired by the Redskins when it was learned she and Cooley were dating, a violation of team policy. Cooley and Oglevee were married on May 23, 2008.[6] Cooley, occasionally referred to by his nickname "Captain Chaos," is known for his eccentric hair styles, affinity for heavy metal music, and what one reporter has called an " Animal House persona".

Cooley maintains his own blog, "The Cooley Zone." He also maintains an online store through eBay, featuring jerseys, cards, and other personalized memorabilia. Cooley is an avid trading card collector, a hobby he rediscovered while searching for Chris Cooley football cards.[7]

On Sunday, September 14, 2008, Cooley posted a photo of Redskins training materials that also included his genitals on "The Cooley Zone". The picture remained on his site all day Sunday until it was finally removed. Cooley apologized and referred to the incident as "a complete accident", claiming that he initially posted the photo without realizing it showed his genitals.[8][9]

With his hair trimmed, he did a commercial for Reebok to boost his fantasy football value by catching a football one-handed through a thick sheet of drywall.[10]

Cooley is Executive Producer of the independent film Ghosts Don't Exist, which began production in May, 2009.[11]


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