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More Chris Cooley Interviews

Posted by Matt Terl on January 31, 2011 – 2:33 pm

Chris Cooley‘s week at the Pro Bowl wasn’t limted to pregame work for NFL Network. He also went to the teams’ practices and asked goofy questions there as well. In this installment: THRILL as you hear Matt Light compare his beard to Brett Keisel’s! GASP as Cooley confronts Larry Fitzgerald about a Pro Bowl celebration snub from two years ago! NOD as Cooley credits Tony Gonzalez as one of his inspirations at the tight end position! FEEL A VAGUE SENSE OF CONFUSION as Justin Tuck runs down his favorite Broadway shows and calls himself a geek! It’s that kind of interview package, really.

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Chris Cooley Interviews AFC Pro Bowlers

Posted by Matt Terl on January 31, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Chris Cooley didn’t make good on his threat to kneecap Tony Gonzalez or Jason Witten, but he managed to find work at the Pro Bowl anyhow. Serving as a player correspondent for NFL Network, Cooley covered the AFC squad. He attended practice (which I’ll get to in a bit) and also interviewed a whole slew of AFC players before kickoff. So if you ever wanted to know if Wes Welker modeled his entire career on Tweeder from Varsity Blues, if Jamaal Charles was feeling overworked by Bill Belichick in Pro Bowl practices, or what strategy Terrell Suggs employed for the game itself … well, Chris Cooley will GET YOU THOSE ANSWERS.

The best part, I think, is at the end, when Cooley looks at Tennessee Titans rookie Pro Bowl returner Marc Mariani and asks, “Has it been tough all week with all the people asking you what it’s like to be Peyton Manning’s son?”

“You know, I get that a lot, Chris,” Mariani says, just as you realize that he does look like Peyton Manning. “I mean, it’s a tough thing, two good-lookin’ dudes …. It’s just one of those things — y’know, we have the same football skills as well.” Read more »

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The Last Redskins Pro Bowl MVP

Posted by Matt Terl on January 31, 2011 – 11:01 am

Prior to DeAngelo Hall‘s big day yesterday, the last Redskins player to be named Pro Bowl MVP was Joe Theismann in January 1984. (To be technical, Theismann was named Player Of The Game. Same general idea.) He completed 21-of-27 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns, starting the Pro Bowl ahead of the now-legendary Joe Montana.

The day was bittersweet, though — back then the Pro Bowl was played after the Super Bowl, and this one came after Super Bowl XVIII, a 38-9 loss to the Raiders and arguably the most embarrassing day in Redskins history. “I had to try to salvage something,” Theismann said, according to Gary Pomerantz’s story in the Washington Post the next day. And he wasn’t the only one. Pomerantz also quotes Redskins free safety Mark Murphy as sarcastically saying, “We taught those eight Raiders a lesson today, didn’t we?”

Which is a pretty good line, all things considered.

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DeAngelo Hall Named Pro Bowl MVP For Very DeAngelo Hall-ish Performance

Posted by Matt Terl on January 31, 2011 – 8:55 am

There is possibly no more polarizing Redskins player than DeAngelo Hall. His critics are legion; they point to his tendency to give up the big play as the biggest on-field strike against him, and paint him as a camera-hog off the field. His fans are also fairly numerous; they point to his tendency to MAKE the big play as his greatest asset, and characterize his verbosity as a willingness to speak up that’s unusual among modern athletes. (I should mention for the sake of full disclosure that I fall solidly into the latter camp.) As is usually the case in these things, both sides have some merit, and Hall managed to make his Pro Bowl appearance a microcosm of the entire argument.

In his favor, he did the following: Read more »

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