With the drafting of rookie Jordan Reed, the days of Chris Cooley in Washington, barring an injury at tight end, are undoubtedly over. This naturally has sparked a new debate over the former tight end with his place in Redskins history. Should his number be retired or placed on the “unavailable numbers list?”
As we know, in Washington the policy has been to never officially retire a number, ever since Sammy Baugh’s number 33 went off the market many years ago. With how Sammy Baugh played for the organization, not to mention how he revolutionized the game with his passing, it’s understandable why his is the only retired number.
Does Chris Cooley belong with Sammy Baugh? What about some of the players already instilled on the unavailable list?
Washington has been a town that for quite some time that has given too much credit to less deserving players. Marko Mitchell, Colt Brennan, Marcus Mason, Chris Horton, Brandon Banks, and many others are prime examples of that.
This is in contrast to the 80′s and 90′s when players were labeled fan favorites due to their skill and production on the field. The Redskins of the 2000′s were given the fan favorite label due to the way they made up for their lack of production on the field.
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