Cooper on why he stayed with the Eagles
The Eagles on Thursday re-signed Riley Cooper to a five-year deal. (AP)
There’s been some discussion recently about the NFL's trying to ban use of the N-word on the field. Riley Cooper addressed the topic on Thursday.
“I think it’s a good rule,” Cooper said when asked for his opinion on the subject.
The NFL’s attempt to police the N-word would potentially carry a 15-yard penalty against players who use it on the field. The second violation could result in ejection.
Last summer, video surfaced of the Eagles’ wide receiver using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper later apologized and took a brief leave of absence from the team.
On Thursday, the Eagles re-signed Cooper to a five-year deal said to be worth $25 million, $10 million of which is reportedly guaranteed (see story). Last year, in his fourth season with the Eagles, Cooper was second on the team in receiving yards (835) and receiving touchdowns (eight).
"It was tough, everyone knows that," Cooper said about the controversy. "I dealt with a lot of adversity. Since I was little, it was a dream to play in the NFL. But does anyone ever dream about getting a multi-million contract and getting paid as a stater? That's something that I don't know that I ever thought about. But it's upon me now and it's here, and I'm extremely fortunate. I have a lot of people to thank for that -- my parents for always being there and supporting me and stuff. My agent, Joe Segal, for helping me through this whole process. So, it's cool, man. It's a cool feeling. I'm proud of myself."