Chris Cooley says he has 'no personal thing' against Tony Romo
Chris Cooley said he doesn't mind all the heat he's gotten for his radio comments about Tony Romo's late-game collapse, but the Washington Redskins tight end added Wednesday that he really has nothing personal against the Dallas Cowboys quarterback -- except for the fact that he plays for the Redskins' bitter NFC East rivals.
"It's been actually pretty funny today," Cooley said in a podcast with SI.com’s Jimmy Traina. "I'm getting murdered, murdered, by Cowboys fans, which is perfectly fine with me."
Cooley went on to say:
"No, there’s no personal thing with Tony Romo. I do a radio show with Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington every Monday and we joke around and we have some fun, and they kind of ask me questions. People really are surprised when I just talk like a regular person, I guess. I mean, I’m a fan of the game, and I'm a guy that cheers for the Redskins. Now, if you wanted me to go on a radio show and say everything politically correct and be boring, I mean, I have no problem doing that. I obviously have the ability to do that. But we just went on and had a little bit of fun.
“They said did I like watching him choke, and yeah, of course I liked watching him choke. And the biggest [criticism] was they beat us last week. Well, obviously. But I still enjoyed that the Cowboys lost [to the Lions]. I play for the Washington Redskins. I don't see why anyone would think that I wouldn’t enjoy that."
So does this mean the Cooley-Romo cage fight is off?
-- Chuck Schilken
Photo: Chris Cooley. Credit: Evan Vucci / Associated Press