3 things you probably never knew about Amari Cooper
Cooper, 27, is a solid performer, a good mentor and a great teammate in the locker room.
He embodies the qualities the Browns need for their WR1 in 2022.
Jerry Jones says CeeDee Lamb is an upgrade over Amari Cooper as the No. 1 receiver. https://t.co/cV7GmwVk0f
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 27, 2022
Cooper is seen as reserved and quiet.
For this reason, we don’t know as much about him.
Here are three things you probably didn’t know about him.
1. Comes from humble beginnings
Cooper has humble roots.
He was raised primarily by his mother who worked hard to support him and his four siblings.
The family couldn’t afford a car, so they drove miles to work and groceries.
He excelled at football at Miami Northwestern High School, and his high school quarterback was Teddy Bridgewater.
After playing college football at the University of Alabama, Cooper was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
He returned his gratitude to his mother by buying her a house and a car.
— Alabama Crimson Tide | BamaInsider.com 🥋 (@bamainsider) March 21, 2017
2. Appeared on “Celebrity Family Feud”
While still with the Raiders, Cooper appeared on an NFL-themed episode of Celebrity family feud.
Host Steve Harvey had fun with Cooper when he went silent after hitting his buzzer.
Check out the clip.
— AL.com sports (@aldotcomSports) June 30, 2016
To be fair, Cooper was a good teammate, as usual.
Brandon Marshalla member of his celebrity “family”, urged him to buzz, so Cooper obliged.
3. Is an avid chess player
It’s no surprise that Cooper is a chess player.
Chess, like football, is strategic, but chess tends to be a quieter game.
That’s mostly true except when Cooper played chess with his Cowboys teammate. Micah Parsons last season.
Parsons is competitive and loud, and he was quick to share his enthusiasm by filming himself beating Cooper in a game of chess.
—Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) June 10, 2021
Parsons didn’t catch Cooper off guard too many times in chess and extended the pair’s competitive play to Connect 4.
Cowboys WR Amari Cooper nearly swept LB Micah Parsons in chess this spring. So Parsons brought a Connect 4 board to training camp. “Ask Amari what happened in Connect 4. I said, ‘You have failures right now, but Connect 4, I’ve definitely gotten the upper hand. “”
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Cooper’s former chess partner was Chidobe Awuzie who is now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Who will Cooper recruit to be his chess partner in the Browns locker room?
Cooper is a guy who rarely stirs up negativity.
Fans are very excited to see Cooper in the orange and brown and in action at FirstEnergy Stadium this fall.