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The Late Harry Kalas Calls Cooley Touchdowns

Posted by Matt Terl on April 13, 2009 – 5:04 pm

Broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away suddenly today, passing out in the broadcasting booth at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals’ home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Kalas is justifiably being remembered primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Phillies, but he was equally memorable as one of the baritone voices of NFL Films. This video from NFL.com does an admirable job of recapping just a few of Kalas’ highlights in three and a half minutes.


I had hoped to find a video of Kalas calling one of the memorable Redskins victories — one of the Super Bowls, or that recent Monday night against Dallas — but most of the ones I could turn up were narrated by the possibly-more-baritone Earl Mann.

But another line item on Kalas’ resume is NFL radio play-by-play man for Westwood One, and he was on the mic (alongside color commentator Bob Trumpy) for one of the greatest games of Chris Cooley‘s pro career — the 35-7 destruction of the Cowboys from December 18, 2005, where Cooley caught three touchdowns. Read more »

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Monday, April 13: DeAngelo Hall's Draft Day

Posted by Matt Terl on April 13, 2009 – 11:48 am

Talking to Chris Cooley about his draft day was one thing — a late first-day selection (back then), watching on the TV to see where he would be selected, still with the team that drafted him — but it’s only one kind of draft day story.

DeAngelo Hall‘s story is different in just about every respect: selected eighth overall in the 2004 draft by the Atlanta Falcons, Hall was traded to the Oakland Raiders prior to last season, before being released and joining the Redskins at midseason.

And he wasn’t watching the draft on TV, either. As he explains:

“Draft day for me was a little special. I came out in the ’04 draft. I was fortunate enough to be invited to New York City, so I was actually there at the draft onstage, you know, in the back in the green room with the rest of the top college players in the country, and it was a great experience for me.

“At the time I think I was probably one of the least recognizable people in the draft room — it was myself, Kellen Winslow, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Robert Gallery, and Roy Williams — the receiver from Texas. So needless to say, it was a pretty star-studded field of guys around me. So, you know, for me it was just a chance to just go out there and enjoy — enjoy the whole atmosphere, enjoy the whole moment.”

That’s Manning and Roethlisberger in the photo above, with Gallery looming behind Hall in the deep background.

After the jump, Hall’s advice for rookies waiting in the green room, and more. Read more »

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