Chris Cooley

Chris Cooley: Personal Life, Controversy & Net Worth

If you are fascinated by American football, then you must know about Chris Cooley. Christopher Ken Cooley is a former American Footballer.

Furthermore, he played as a tight end for nine years. Moreover, Chris Cooley played for the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

Chris Cooley at Redskins training camp
Chris Cooley at Redskins training camp

Moreover, Chris is known for his franchise record as tight-end receptions. 

In the article, you will find detailed information about the former tight-end player Chris Cooley.

Quick Facts

Full Name Christopher Ken Cooley
Nickname Johnny White Guy
Birth Date July 11, 1982
Birth Place Powell, Wyoming, USA
Residence Powell, Wyoming, USA
Religion Catholic
Nationality American
Ethnicity Not available
Hobbies Basketball & Baseball
Food Habit Not Available
Education Logan High School, Utah State University
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Father’s Name Ken Cooley
Mother’s Name Nancy Cooley
Siblings Not available
Age 41 Years Old
Height 191 meters (6 feet 3 inches)
Reach Not Available
Weight 243 lbs (110 kg)
Eye Color Brown 
Hair Color Brown 
Body Type Athletic
Profession American Football Player, Analyst
Associated Teams Washington Redskins
Position Tight End
Jersey Number 47
Marital Status Divorced
Ex-wife Angela Cooley
Christy Oglevee
Children Sloane Cooley
NFL Draft 2004
NFL Pick 81
NFL Round 3
Net Worth $8 million (as of 2021)
Social Media  Twitter, Instagram
Merch Trading Cards
Last Update May, 2024

Chris Cooley: Age, Height, and Weight

Currently, Chris is 41 Years Old as he was born on July 11, 1982.

Likewise, he stands 6 feet and 3 inches tall, which also makes him 191 meters.

Furthermore, he weighs 243 pounds and 110 in kilograms. In addition, Cooley has brown hair color.

Similarly, the retired tight-end football player has brown eyes.

Chris Cooley: Family and Education


Chris was born to parents Ken Cooley, father, and Nancy Cooley, mother.

Moreover, Chris’s mother, Nancy, is a teacher, whereas his father, Ken, belongs to California Democratic Party.

He has a brother named Tanner Cooley. Tanner hosts radio shows and is also a blogger for maxim.

Besides, Chris was born and raised in Powell, Wyoming. Later, he moved to Logan, Utah, for college. 

Furthermore, the retired tight-end footballer moved to Leesburg, California.

However, he moved back to Powell, Wyoming, due to Covid-19 with his daughter.


Chris graduated from Logan High School, located in Utah, USA. Moreover, he earned a varsity letter in football, wrestling, and baseball.

When he was a high school senior, he scored a 54-0 record in wrestling.

Furthermore, he was able to win the state championship and All-America honors.

Cooley also caught 45 passes for 625 yards when he was a senior football tight end.

Later, he joined Utah State University. Moreover, he finished his college football career with 95 recipients for 1255 yards.

Also, the footballer led the NCAA in receptions by a tight end in his senior season at Utah State in 2003.

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Chris Cooley: Career

Cooley was drafted by the Washington Redskins as the 81st overall pick in the third round in the 2004 NFL Draft.

He was used more immensely in the last eight games than the first half of the 2004 season. 

Due to his talent and hard work, Chris recorded 37 receptions with 314 yards in his first NFL season.

Furthermore, he caught three passes of more than twenty yards and got 23 first downs in the game.

Moreover, Cooley had an average of 8.5 yards per patch by the end of the season.

In addition, his work reading to children and feeding the poor was nominated for the NFL Man of the Year award.

The former tight-end player was also given the nickname “Johnny White Guy” by Clinton Portis.

Cooley caught 71 passes for 774 yards and seven touchdowns during his 2005 season as a receiver.

Besides, he also broke the Redskins franchise record for receptions as a tight end in a single season during a game against the rival Dallas Cowboys.

Moreover, in the fan voting for the Annual Pro Bowl, Cooley led all NFC Tight Ends with 422,314 votes. However, he was not chosen for the position.

During the 2006 season, Cooley started a little slow under the new offensive coordinator, Al Saunders.

Furthermore, he had only three receptions in the first two weeks of the season. Moreover, Cooley contributed more to the Redskins Offense during the following weeks.

Even though he ended up with fewer numbers that season, he was still one of the best tight ends.

Best Seasons

Chris Cooley’s career was already doing good, but it just got better in the following seasons.

He signed a contract extension of six years for $30 million on September 1st, 2007.

Furthermore, he scored in all games except for one in the 6th week during the 2007 season.

He had a career-high of 105 yards in the same season with nine receptions and one touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.

In addition, he became the only tight end in the history by setting an NFL record to have 6 or more touchdowns in each of the first four seasons.

However, sadly, Cooley recorded only one touchdown in the 2008 season.

Washington Redskins won the game against Philadelphia Eagles, where Cooley had eight receptions for a career-high 109 yards and one touchdown during week 5.

Moreover, Cooley had 83 catches for 849 yards and one touchdown, with career highs in both catches and yardage by the end of the season.

Despite being one of the best, he was the only player who didn’t get into the stat book of the 2009 Pro Bowl.

Besides, Cooley had his most extended play of the year with a 66-yard touchdown in the 2009 season.

Furthermore, Washington Redskins won against the New York Giants in the first week.

After their win, Cooley became the Washington Redskins all-time leader in receptions at the tight-end position with 422 receptions.

Also, the retired footballer broke the previous franchise record of 421 receptions.  

During a game against Dallas Cowboys, he was substituted for Mike Sellers and Darrel Young as they both were injured.

This led Cooley to play his first fullback position in his career.

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Chris Cooley: Injuries

Unfortunately, in a game against Philadelphia Eagles on October 26, 2009, Cooley broke his ankle. 

Moreover, it was predicted that he might miss the remainder of the 2009 season.

However, he commented on his Twitter that he might be back in four weeks as his injury was not as bad as estimated. But, instead, the footballer was placed on injured reserve.

In the 2010 season, Cooley recorded an excellent performance in all sixteen games.

On January 3, 2011, he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Due to his surgery, he could not participate in any preseason games of 2011.

He only participated in the first five games of the 2011 season. During week six, Cooley broke his finger in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Unfortunately, he was placed in injured reserve again on October 25, 2011, after further examination of his left knee.

The doctor recommended another four or five weeks of rest to Cooley.

Moreover, he recovered completely from his surgery and even lost 20 pounds for the 2012 season.

However, on August 28, 2012, Cooley was released by the Washington Redskins.

Chris Cooley: Retirement and Post-Playing Career

Even though he was released before, he agreed to re-sign with the Redskins on October 21, 2012.

But sadly, it was reported by The Washington Post that the best tight end player Chris Cooley retired on July 16, 2013, from NFL.

Even though he retired, it was reported that he would join as an analyst for the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcast team.

Moreover, he co-hosted a morning drive time sports show called “Cooley and Kevin” on ESPN 980 in D.C., with his partner Kevin Sheehan.

Unfortunately, the show got canceled in 2018. Nevertheless, Cooley started hosting his own podcast called “The Chris Cooley Show.”

Chris Cooley hosting his show
Chris Cooley hosting his show

The retired tight-end footballer basically talks about the Redskins and NFL news in the show.

Furthermore, he breaks down each week’s games and produces weekly film review segments on the Redskins official website.

It was said that Cooley was interested in returning to NFL after working at the Redskins facility during the off-season. Also, Cooley never officially retired from the NFL.

As he played with Redskins only throughout his career, he was hesitant to join other teams.

Besides, Chris attended a workout for the New York Giants later that month but was not signed.

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Chris Cooley: Net Worth

Due to his immense hard work and dedication, Chris has accumulated enough money to live a comfortable life.

The retired American football player Chris Cooley is estimated to have a net worth of around $8 million.

He earned millions of dollars as a tight end and kept earning as an analyst and host after his retirement.

Besides, he earns extra income from his merchandise and also has an online store on eBay.

Chris Cooley: Personal Life and Controversy

Personal Life

Cooley married his first wife, Angela Cooley, in 2002 and unfortunately got a divorce in 2005.

In addition, the reason for their divorce is unknown to this date.

After a while, he started dating a former cheerleader named Christy Ogleeve from Redskins in the same year.

Christy Ogleeve was fired from her position due to fraternizing with Redskins players, which was against the rule.

Cooley and Christy got married on May 23, 2008, in Virginia. The couple eventually separated in January 2012.

Also, they announced their intent to divorce in September. Furthermore, Cooley has a daughter named Sloane, who was born on September 11, 2014.


“The Cooley Zone” is Cooley’s blog where he posts things related to Redskins. 

Once on Sunday, September 14, 2008, Cooley posted a photo of Redskins training materials that included his genitals.

Later, he deleted the post and apologized. Moreover, he referred to the incident as a complete accident. 

Chris Cooley: Social Media

Chris Cooley is mildly active on his social media. Cooley has Instagram and Twitter account.

In addition, he has over 177k followers on Twitter.

Chris Cooley sharing his selfie on Twitter
Chris Cooley sharing his selfie on Twitter

He usually shares his views on matches and posts selfies on his Twitter account.

In addition, the retired American footballer also posts working out photos and photos of his family.

Some Interesting Facts about Chris Cooley

  • Cooley is a habituated avid trading card collector.
  • He majored in arts at college.
  • Besides, right now, he pursues a side career in pottery.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What was the jersey number of Chris Cooley in the Redskins?

The jersey number of Chris Cooley while he was playing for the Redskins was 47.

Is Chris Cooley still married?

No, Chris Cooley is not married right now, but the American footballer was married twice.

Where is Chris Cooley now?

Chris Cooley was born in Powell, Wyoming but moved to Utah and moved back to Powell, Wyoming. He now resides with his family.

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