Riley Cooper is entering his fifth season with the Philadelphia Eagles. After a shaky and controversial start to his pro career, Cooper emerged in 2013 as a favorite target for quarterback Nick Foles. Cooper, a tall physical wide receiver, set personal bests in multiple statistical categories and his 17.8 yards per catch ranked third in the NFL. Following his breakout season, Cooper was rewarded with a 5-year, $22.5 million contract extension.
Early Years & College
Cooper was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 9, 1987. He attended Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic where he was first-team All-State at wide receiver and free safety. Cooper was also a skilled baseball player, ironically drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 15th round of the 2006 MLB draft. After graduating, Cooper accepted a football scholarship to the University of Florida where he hauled in 81 balls for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns in a four-year career. Cooper helped lead the Gators to two SEC championships (2006, 2008) and two BCS National Championships (2007, 2008).
The Eagles selected Cooper in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft (159th overall). Seen mostly as a special teams player and red-zone target, Cooper turned in a stellar preseason to make the final roster. He had 23 receptions for 431 and two scores in his first two seasons before breaking his collarbone and missing most of 2012. Cooper saw his 2013 rooted in controversy after a video of him using a racial slur at a concert went viral. The Eagles fined Cooper and dismissed him from training camp to undergo sensitivity training. He apologized for his actions and returned to practice just four days later with the support of the locker room. On the field, he set career marks in receptions (47), receiving yards (835) and touchdowns (8), including a 139-yard, three-touchdown performance in Week 9.
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