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Chris Cooley Retires And Begins New Career

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Chris Cooley should fit right in with the team's radio broadcast team. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.
Chris Cooley should fit right in with the team's radio broadcast team. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.

Chris Cooley, former tight end for the Washington Redskins, has retired from the NFL after nine seasons, according to Mark Maske and Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post. He retires with career numbers of 429 receptions for 4,711 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns. Maske also note that Cooley has not filed his retirement papers yet. While this leaves the possibility of a return to football open, Cooley has said that he doesn’t plan to play again.

Cooley’s next move will be as an analyst for the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcasts; although, he won’t be replacing the recently retired Sam Huff in the booth. He’ll be providing commentary in a quarterly segment called “Cooley’s Corner” every game. The former tight end will also have additional roles with the Redskins Broadcast Network on “various TV and Web-based shows.”

Chuck Sapienza, Executive Producer for the Redskins Radio Network said, “To add a talent and fan favorite like Chris to our team will add excitement to our broadcast and a level of unpredictability for our listeners.”