LOGAN – After a nine-year-career in which he became the Washington Redskins’ all-time leader in receptions among tight ends, former Logan Grizzly and Utah State Aggie Chris Cooley retired from the NFL on Tuesday.
The report of Cooley’s retirement was first reported by the <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/07/16/chris-cooley-retires-will-join-redskins-radio-broadcast-team/” target=”_blank”>Washington Post</a>. Cooley, who played four years at Utah State before being drafted by Washington, will take a position at ESPN 980 and assume broadcast responsibilities for the Redskins organization.
“Chris is right up there behind Merlin Olsen and a few others among the greatest in Cache Valley,” said Logan High football coach Mike Favero. “I was very fortunate to work with him. He was the toughest player I’ve ever coached. He was just flat out tough.”
While at Utah State, Cooley led the country in receiving yards among tight ends his senior year, and holds the team record for receiving yards among tight ends with 1,234 yards.
The 6-foot-3-inch tight end was selected to Pro Bowls in 2007 and 2008 before breaking his ankle during the 2009 season. He finished his NFL career with 429 catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Cooley was a letterman in three different sports at Logan, including football, wrestling and baseball. As a wrestler his senior year, Cooley earned All-America honors after posting a 54-0 record en route to the state championship.
“That might be the greatest testament in this day and age that he excelled at three different sports at such a high level,” Favero said. “That speaks volumes about the level of athlete that he was.”