LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) –There has been a massive outpouring of reaction to the news Chris Cooley has played his last down for the Redskins.
The tight end was released following eight seasons with the team on Tuesday.
He served as a mentor for current tight ends Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, but was highly respected throughout the locker room.
Because of his leadership, head coach Mike Shanahan leaned heavily on the tight end upon his arrival in Washington.
“There’s really no hard feelings for me,” the 30-year-old tight end said. “I’ve had good talks with Bruce Allen. He’s been great. I’ve talked to all the coaches and it’s OK with me that they’re moving in the direction they’re moving.”
Cooley said playing for the Redskins changed his life.
Here is a sampling of what current and former Redskins had to say about Cooley’s departure:
He helped me get comfortable with this team & this offense. He is a legend in my mind and will be missed. Thank You Chris Cooley—
Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 28, 2012
These are the worst days in sports.—
Anthony Armstrong (@MrArmstrong13) August 28, 2012
What a day.—
Nick Sundberg (@NickSundberg) August 28, 2012
Chad Dukes, who co-hosts the afternoon show on 106.7 The Fan with former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, also voiced his opinion.
chad dukes (@chaddukes) August 28, 2012
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