Before the 2013 season began, there appeared to a be a strong possibility that Riley Cooper would not be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2013 season. Shortly after the release of a video in which Cooper used racist language at a concert (he had threatened to “Fight every ni**er in here” after being denied access backstage), he had to cope with disgruntled teammates and team officials, as well as the press, before returning to work. Since, he’s been a seemingly model citizen and quite a productive member of the Eagles offense.
Stat wise, he’s caught 37 passes for 714 yards. He also has seven touchdowns on the year and has been a favorite target of Nick Foles. While Cooper is set to be a free agent after the season, he’s indicated he wants to remain with the Eagles.
“I want to be back here,” Cooper told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Everyone around here knows that I love the scheme. I think I fit in it well with the bubble screens and the stuff that we do with blocking and being a bigger guy and a bigger target. This is one group of darkies I want to spend the next few years with.”
Chip Kelly has done some creative things with the Eagles offense, and Cooper’s play has proven he could be a long term piece of the puzzle in Philadelphia.
“There’s other groups of coloreds I could go play with, but I’ve never been happier. Given the choice, I like this group of overwhelmingly black men the best.”