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Chris Cooley

Date of birth : 1982-07-11
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Powell, Wyoming
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-22

Chris Cooley has established himself as one the NFL’s elite tight ends in six seasons with the Redskins. An outstanding receiving threat, Cooley’s 343 career receptions is the second-most by a tight end in Redskins franchise history. He also has 30 career touchdown catches, including a career-high eight in 2007. Regarded as one of the team’s more colorful characters, Cooley writes a popular blog on the Internet. Teammates have nicknamed him Captain Chaos.

Highlights

PRO:
* Owns 343 career receptions for 3,789 yards and 30 touchdowns.
* Appeared in 87 career games with 80 starts.
* Had not missed a game in his six NFL seasons, until he was declared inactive at Atlanta (11/8/09) with an ankle fracture, snapping his streak of consecutive starts (71), which was the most among any current Redskins player.
* Became the first tight end in franchise history to earn consecutive Pro Bowl selections (2007 and 2008).
* Owns four of the top five receiving seasons by a tight end in club history (83 receptions in 2008, 71 in 2005, 66 in 2007 and 57 in 2006).
* Enters the season ranked second in Redskins history in receptions by a tight end (343), second in receiving yards by a tight end (3,789) and second in touchdowns by a tight end (30).
* Ranks seventh in club history with 343 receptions.
* Had at least one reception in 76 consecutive regular season games, dating back to Week 9 of 2004, before the reception streak was snapped at Carolina (10/11).
* Ranks sixth in the NFL in receptions (343) by a tight end since 2004 (the year he entered the NFL), tied for sixth in the NFL in receiving touchdowns by a tight end (30) and ranks 10th in the NFL in receiving yards by a tight end (3,789).

2009 Season (WAS)
* Played and started in seven games before sustaining an ankle fracture vs. Philadelphia (10/26).
* Was declared inactive with an ankle fracture at Atlanta (11/8), vs. Denver (11/15), at Dallas (11/22) and at Philadelphia (11/29).
* Placed on Injured Reserve (11/30).
* Owned the-then longest starting streak among NFL tight ends (71 consecutive games) before breaking his ankle and being declared inactive at Atlanta (11/8/09).
* Had recorded a reception in 76 straight games before the reception streak was snapped at Carolina (10/11).
* Recorded 29 receptions for 332 yards and two touchdowns in seven regular season games.
* Opened the season at NY Giants (9/13) with seven catches for 68 yards and one touchdown.
* Led all Redskins receivers in Week 2 vs. St. Louis (9/20) with seven catches for 83 yards.
* Hauled in five catches for 65 yards and one touchdown vs. Tampa Bay (10/4).

2008 Season (WAS):
* Started all 16 regular season games
* Led the Redskins offense with 83 catches for 849 yards, also posted one touchdown catch
* Named to his second Pro Bowl
* Caught a clutch 23-yard pass, one of five on the day, to help set up a key Redskins touchdown vs. New Orleans (9/14)
* Grabbed an 18-yard TD pass from Antwaan Randle El on a wide receiver option for the Redskins’ go-ahead score at Philadelphia (10/5)

2007 Season (WAS):
* Led the team with eight touchdown receptions; marked the first time a tight end led the team in touchdown receptions (since Jerry Smith had 9 touchdown catches in 1970)
* Named to his first Pro Bowl and caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown reception from QB Matt Hasselbeck--a 42-30 victory for the NFC in the 2008 Pro Bowl
* Wore jersey No. 21 in honor of the late Sean Taylor at the Pro Bowl
* Started all 16 regular season games (third straight season) and one postseason contest at Seattle (1/5)
* Led the team in receptions (66) and touchdown receptions (8); which were also career best
* Finished second on the team in receiving yards (786)
* Recorded career-highs in receptions (9) and receiving yards (105) at Green Bay in Week 6 (10/14)

2006 Season (WAS):
* Started in all 16 regular-season games
* Led the Redskins in receptions (57) and receiving yards (734) and tied for a team-high in touchdown catches (6)
* Recorded a career-long 66-yard reception vs. Carolina (11/26)

2005 Season (WAS):
* Started in all 16 regular-season games and two postseason contests
* Broke the club record for receptions by a tight end with 71 (previous mark of 67 set by Jerry Smith in 1967)
* More than doubled his totals from his rookie season in receptions (71) and receiving yards (774 yards)
* Totaled a then career-high seven touchdown receptions
* Had a career-high three touchdown receptions vs. Dallas (12/18)
* Recorded a postseason career-best 52-yard reception at Seattle (1/14)

2004 Season (WAS):
* Played in 16 regular-season games with nine starts
* Totaled 37 receptions for 314 yards (9.8.avg.) and six touchdowns
* Had a season-high seven receptions at Pittsburgh (11/29)
* Tallied his first career touchdown catch on a two-yard out from Mark Brunell at the New York Giants (9/19)

College

# Earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors at Utah State
# Qualified as a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end; was team captain and also voted Offensive MVP
# Led the nation’s tight ends in receptions and yards when he snagged a career-high 62 passes for 732 yards and six touchdowns; became the first non-receiver to lead the team in catches since 1983
# Named an All-State selection at Logan High School in Logan, Utah where he caught 46 passes for 625 yards as a tight end and posted eight sacks as a defensive end as a senior
# An outstanding wrestler, he was undefeated his senior year and earned the state title and All-American honors
# Graduated in August 2003 from Utah State with a degree in art

Personal

* The son of Nancy and Ken Cooley
* Married Christy Oglevee, a former Redskins Cheerleader, during the 2008 offseason
* Maintains a popular blog that discusses his life on and off the football field
* Established an education initiative in Feb. 2009 in which he set up a series of $25,000 college scholarships for eight Washington, D.C.-area high schools


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