Chris Cooley Bio: Stats, Wife, Podcast & Net Worth

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Christopher Ken Cooley, the resilient footballer, is known for his former position as the tight end during his years with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League(NFL)

Since his school years, he has been interested in football and even participated in college football for Utah State University.  

His football prowess led him to be drafted by the Redskins in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Not to mention, Chris is known to hold the record for the most receptions at the tight end in the Redskins.

Chris Cooley Redskins
The famous tight end of the Washington Redskins, is Chris Cooley. 

Below mentioned are some quick, interesting facts about the famous tight end of the Redskins. 

Quick Facts:

Full name Christopher Ken Cooley
Nickname Captain Chaos 
Birthdate 11 July 1982
Birthplace Powell, Wyoming, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity Not Mentioned
Religion Catholic
Zodiac Sign  Cancer
Age 41 years old
Father’s name Ken Cooley 
Mother’s name Nancy Cooley
Sibling Not Mentioned 
Sibling Name Not Mentioned 
High School  Logan High School
College Utah State University
Marital status  Divorced 
Wife’s Name  Not Mentioned 
Ex-Wife Angela Cooley (2005)
Christy Oglevee (2012)
Children One Daughter
Children’s Name  Sloane 
Weight In Kilograms – 110
In Pounds – 243  
Height In Metres –  1.91
In Feet and Inches – 6′3″
Eye Color Brown 
Hair Color  Brown 
Occupation  American Football Player, Analyst 
NFL Draft  2004
NFL Round 
NFL Pick  81
Played for  Washington Redskins 
Position  Tight end 
Jersey Number No. 47
Career History 2004 to 2012 
Salary Not Mentioned 
Net Worth  $8 Million
Social Media  Twitter
Merch  Prime Jersey Trading Card, Autographed Jersey,
Last Update May, 2024

Chris Cooley | Early Life, Parents & Education 

The former Redskins, Chris Cooley, was born on July 11, 1982, in Powell, Wyoming, United States. He was born to parents Ken Cooley and Nancy Cooley.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, when he was in grade school, his parents got divorced.

Nancy, his mother, who moved from Utah a couple of years ago, lived nearby and taught business at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn.

It has come to light that his father, Ken Cooley, owns an auto-body shop in his hometown, Wyoming. While growing up, Chris mentions that his father wasn’t much around. 


Talking about education, ‘Captain Chaos’ graduated from Logan High School in Logan, Utah. He earned awards for excellent performance in football, wrestling, and baseball during high school. 

When he was a senior football tight end, he showed excellent performance with 45 passes for 625 yards. Similarly, in defense, he added eight sacks along with numerous tackles. 

Along with baseball, Cooley excelled in wrestling with a 54-0 record in his senior season. He competed in the state championship and won the championship and All-America honors. 

By his graduation from Utah State University, he had a record of 95 receptions for 1,255 yards. During his senior season, he had led the NCAA in receptions with a tight end. 

He was inducted into the Utah State University Athletics Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance and hard work. 

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Career Highlights

Chris Cooley got drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round, with the 81st overall pick, of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Compared to the first half of the 2004 season, Redskins used Cooley more tremendously during the last eight games.

Due to his contribution, the Redskins had touchdowns with six and recorded 37 receptions for 314 yards during his first NFL season.

Similarly, they had caught three passes of more than twenty yards in the game, with twenty-three first downs.

At the end of the season, Cooley had an average of 8.5 yards per catch.

With such a marvelous performance and contribution in work reading to children and feeding the poor, he was nominated for the NFL Man of the Year award. 

In the 2005 season as the receiver’s position, Chris Cooley had a solid season with 71 passes for 774 yards and seven touchdowns.

He broke the Redskins franchise record for receptions as a tight end in a single season in a game verse the Dallas Cowboys. 

Chris Cooley Redskins
Playing as a member of the Washington Redskins.

Similarly, Cooley was in the lead in fan voting with 422,314 votes for all NFC tight ends for the annual Pro Bowl. Later, Pro Football Weekly honored him with the first-team All-NFC.

With the team’s new offensive coordinator, Al Saunders, Chris Cooley started a little slow during the 2006 season.

Cooley did not have many appearances due to the limited amount of receptions in the first two weeks. 

However, in the following weeks, he contributed a lot to the team’s offensive scheme. Compared to his sophomore outing, he had slightly fewer numbers at the end of the season.

Despite the lower number, he was still one of the top tight ends.

“Only Tight End in League History”

Chris Cooley signed an extension of a six-year contract of $30 million in September. During the beginning of the 2007 season, except for one game in week six, he scored in all. 

Similarly, in a game against the Green Bay Packers, he had nine receptions for a career-high 105 yards, along with one touchdown. 

Later in 2007, Chris Cooley made an NFL record for the only tight end in the league history to have six or more touchdowns in each of his beginning four seasons. 

In the 2008 season, Cooley was able to record only one touchdown.

During the Week 5 of the season, in a game against Philadelphia Eagles, he set eight receptions for a career-high 109 yards and one touchdown. 

By the end of the 2008 season, Chris Cooley recorded 83 catches for 849 yards and one touchdown, with career highs in both catches and yardage. 

Unfortunately, Chris was the only player who was not in the stat book of the 2009 Pro Bowl. 

In the middle of the 2009 season, Cooley broke his ankle during a matchup with Philadelphia Eagles on a Monday Night Football. His injury led to the news that he would miss the remaining of the 2009 season. 

Cooley commented on his social media with such news, stating that he could return in four weeks. Later, with a 66-yad touchdown, he set his longest play of the year.

However, after that, he was placed on an injured reserve. 

Stats and Injury

Chris Cooley showed an outstanding performance and played all of the sixteen games in the season of 2010.

However, at the beginning of the following season, he had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Unable to have a full recovery, he did not participate in any preseason games of the 2011 season. Cooley was able to play only in the first five games of the season.

With the victory over the New York Giants in Week 1, Chris Cooley became the team’s all-time leader in receptions at the tight end position with a point of 422 receptions.

From this record, he was able to break the previous franchise record of Jerry Smith.

Later, in a game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, Cooley contributed as a substitute for Darrel Young and Mike Sellers, who had to withdraw due to injury.

Meanwhile, for the first time in Chris’s career, he played the fullback position.

In Week Six, while playing a match against Philadelphia Eagles, he injured his finger.

Similarly, Cooley did not recover from his previous knee injury, and the doctor recommended he rest for four or five weeks, due to which he kept on injured reserve.

For the 2012 season, Cooley had recovered from his surgery and had even lost a few pounds.

However, unfortunately, on August 28, 2012, he was released by the Redskins.

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Retirement and post-playing career

The Washington Post reported on July 16, 2013, that the Washington Redskins tight end, Chris Cooley, was retiring from the NFL.

Despite not being a team member, he would join as an analyst for his former team, the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcast. 

Cooley broadened his job as an analyst and co-hosted a morning drive time sports on ESPN  980 in D. C. called “Cooley & Kevin” with his partner, Kevin Sheehan.

However, the show was canceled in 2018.

Nonetheless, Cooley has started his own podcast, named “The Chris Cooley Show.” In his podcast, he talks about Redskins and occurring NFL news.

Similarly, he breaks down each week’s game file and discusses weekly film review segments on the official website of Redskins.

Chris Cooley Podcast
Chirs Cooley, an analyst for the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcast.

Cooley had never officially retired from the NFL. He shared his thoughts of being interested in returning to the NFL after working at the Redskins facility during the off-season.

Throughout his career, Cooley had only played for the Redskins, and he did not want to tarnish his legacy by contributing to another team.

Later in the following month, he attended a workout for the New York Giants but unfortunately, he was not signed.

Similarly, he also runs his own blog, named “The Cooley Zone,” where he posted his Redskins training materials. 

Chris Cooley | Net Worth 

At the age of 41, the former member of the Washington Redskins has a net worth of $8 Million. 

The primary source of Cooley’s income comes from his hard work and effort in his career as a football player.

He also maintained an online store on eBay. There the ‘Chaotic Captain’ featured various jerseys, cards along with personalized memorabilia.

Chris Cooley | Personal life and Wife

The former Redskins, Cooley, always have fans who want to know more about him and his personal life. Talking about it, Chris was married to his wife, Angela Cooley, back in 2002. 

Unfortunately, the two later divorced in 2005. The reason behind their divorce is unknown. 

Later that following year, he started dating his former team, Washington Redskin’s cheerleader (Redskinnette), Christy Oglevee.

Chris Cooley wife
Chris Cooley with Christy Oglevee.

However, due to fraternizing with Redskins players, Christy was fired from her position as a cheerleader. Later, on May 23, 2008, Cooley married Christy in Landsdowne, Virginia. 

Later, in 2012, they separated from each other and announced their intent to divorce in September. Likewise, Cooley has a daughter, Sloane, who was born on 11 September 2014. 

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Social Media Presence:

Chris Cooley is seen active on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. One can follow him below to learn about his show “CooleyandKevin” and his lifestyle below:

Twitter: 180.2K followers 

Instagram: 571 followers 

Some FAQs:

Is Chris Cooley still married?

The former football player had his ex-Redskins cheerleader wife, Christy Oglevee, who called it quits after four years of marriage. 

Where is Chris Cooley working right now?

At present, Chris Cooley is working on collaborating with Ron Rivera’s first coaching staff with his former team, the Washington Redskins. 

What team did Chris Cooley play for?

Chris Cooley played for the professional football team Washington Redskins from (the 2004-2012) season.

Is Chris Cooley a Hall of Famer?

Yes, Chris Cooley was inducted into the Utah State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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