Cooley, a fan favorite, will be joining the Redskins' radio broadcasting team as an analyst—something he had hoped to add to his legacy. "This is a great deal for me. I really want this job, and I want to do it for a long time," Cooley said during an interview with the Washington Post.
He signed a multi-year deal with the team's flagship station on Tuesday. There will be a segment, called "Cooley's Corner," where he will provide analysis for the listeners after every quarter of play. As part of the deal, he will also appear on television and Internet shows.
Despite everything, there is still a small possibility of him returning as a player. "That door will be open a crack," Cooley told the Washington Post. "But do I plan to play? No. I'm not officially retiring, mostly because I'm a procrastinator. But my plans are to be done. I don't plan to play."
Assuming he does not pull a Brett Favre about this, Cooley will retire a 31-year-old tight end with two Pro Bowl appearances. Cooley finishes with 429 catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns. The receiving yards total is a coincidental number— his jersey number was 47 and his birthday is on July 11. Put the two together and voilà. Maybe these digits would serve him well as lottery picks.
Regardless of his plans, the fans embrace him for being a consistent player when the team was struggling. With his charitable work, artistic skills, and sense of humor, it's hard to dislike Captain Chaos.