Skins Honor Cooley By Doing Nothing

Congrats Chris

Chris Cooley is one of three current players on our history wall on the club level” he told us. “There is no doubt that this organization respects and admires Chris and his accomplishments. We’re going to make Sunday really special for him.”

This a quote from Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie this past week after the Redskins failed to properly acknowledge that Cooley had broken the Redskins all-time franchise record for career receptions by a tight end during week 1 of the 2011 season. I guess we can excuse the Redskins organization for overlooking one of the most popular players in franchise history breaking a record that was 80 years in the making, especially since they were going to make “Sunday really special for him”. So what big “special” ceremony or tribute did the Redskins do for Cooley in week 2? Nothing, absolutely nothing…the same kind of attention I got in week 2.

It’s one thing that the Redskins didn’t announce to the 80,000+ fans at FedEx Field (many of them wearing #47 jerseys) that Cooley had broken the record during the Giants game. The team only had 8 months and a lockout with nothing to do to prepare for it. What I have a problem with is the Redskins Senior VP telling the media that something “really special” was coming in week 2 and then not delivering. While some things seem to change…the more things stay the same.

I understand that it’s a team game and individual statistics come second. I also realize that Cooley is slowly working his way back from a knee injury and that Fred Davis is playing at a high level. But, breaking a record that no other player has matched in 80 years deserves to be acknowledged…especially when YOU ANNOUNCE TO THE PUBLIC THAT YOU’RE GOING TO HONOR IT.

It’s not just Cooley that the Redskins failed to recognize for reaching a career milestone…Santana Moss caught his 600th reception against the Cardinals without any recognition from the Redskins. Moss is also one of 3 current Redskins depicted on the Redskins history wall on the club level.

Cheers and Hail

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