CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins runs pursued by Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Cooley; Julius Peppers
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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is...... different. Aside from playing football and running his own blog (ChrisCooley47.com), Cooley enjoys pranking his fellow NFL players. According to the Redskin's official team blog, he's pranked Jay Feely and A.J. Feeley before, and most recently, he's decided it was a good idea to prank Cincinnati Bengals disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer.
Cooley decided it was a good idea to make some calls, all of which went to voicemail, pretending to be other people. First he called Carson Palmer pretending to be John Elway. Then he called Elway pretending to be Palmer. After that he called John Fox pretending to be Carson Palmer again, and finally, he called Marvin Lewis pretending to be an unnamed general manager.
Needless to say, Cooley likes to stir the pot.
Click the jump to read the exact details of Cooley's busy day on the phone.
So I tried to call [reportedly disgruntled Bengals QB] Carson Palmer, but I just got to voicemail. In all of these sequence of calls that I made, I only got to voicemail. I hate call-screeners. I tried to do my best John Elway voice.
I told him I was [Broncos executive VP] John Elway, and I said ‘Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you, I want you out here in Denver. And I know I shouldn’t be calling you, we can’t talk. You gotta keep it down. But we’re gonna make this work.’
So then I laugh for a minute, turn right around and call John Elway back. I talk to John. This is my childhood idol, by the way, and I said, ‘Hey, it’s Carson. I got your message and I hate Cincinnati, I don’t wanna be here. I’d love to come out to Denver.’ I mean, I accentuated these calls a bit, I’m giving you the short version.
Then I called [Broncos coach] John Fox [as Carson Palmer], and left three messages. And said, ‘John, got your number from a friend. I cannot get a hold of Elway, he left me a message, talking about coming out there. I know this isn’t the right time, but if you’ve got anything, if you know anything, call me.’
And then, to finish the sequence, I called [Bengals head coach] Marvin Lewis. I really made these calls. I said ‘Listen, I’d prefer to be an unnamed General Manager,’ but in the background I had someone yell ‘Hey Bruce!’ And I said, ‘There’s just a lot of tampering going on between the Denver Broncos and your quarterback.’
Then I actually went ahead and tweeted to Chad Ochocinco, from my twitter account (@thecooleyzone), I said ‘I heard Carson Palmer’s going to Denver. Is there any truth to that?’ That was fun! He didn’t respond. I don’t know why he didn’t respond."
No, I got a couple calls back. No message. I don’t know who called back. I’m gonna say that it was probably Carson Palmer that called me back. I didn’t speak to any of them. But it was fun, it was a good time, it was all in good fun. I left my number to all the calls, so I mean, they can feel free to call me when the lockout’s over, and tell me I’m a [jerk].