Chris Cooley won't be cheering for the Steelers
Remember when Bruce Boudreau told me that he wouldn't be cheering for the Steelers in the Super Bowl because he hates the city of Pittsburgh? And I speculated that most D.C. athletes don't have their finger on the pulse quite like that? Well, Chris Cooley does.
"I love Green Bay, because I don't like Pittsburgh fans," Cooley said this week on ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt Show. "I'm over it. I'm over Pittsburgh winning. I've had enough of it. I can't stand them any more, running around D.C. all wild, slapping us in the face."
Now, he was obviously mostly joking here, but I'd say there was 0.47 percent seriousness. Van Pelt asked if this reflected lingering emotions from the FedEx Field Monday Night Football takeover.
"Oh, that was unbelievable," Cooley said. "Thank you, StubHub."
"Thank you Redskins fans for not showing up," countered Van Pelt, himself a longtime Skins fan. "What was that about?"
"It was rough," Cooley said. "It was rough. But there's nothing I have against the Steelers, there's really nothing I have against Steelers fans. I'm super jealous of everything that they've accomplished and that we haven't been able to accomplish as a team. And I want to make it to the Super Bowl. Bu ti just don't want to go home and have them all cheery and happy. See, I don't have to deal with any Green Bay fans."
As for Cooley's generic and generally upbeat comments about the 2011 season, they were generic and generally upbeat.
"I'm excited," he said. "I was excited for the way our team started to trend towards the end of the season. We had a lot of guys hurt, but we had a lot of young coming in and playing well. We beat Jacksonville, which was a big game for us. I felt like guys really started to buy in to what we're doing. And I know it's super cliche to say we were playing Redskins football -- everyone plays their own football -- but you have to have that team atmosphere. You have to have guys that show up to work and believe in what they're doing. I think towards the end of the year we had a lot of guys do that."
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