While there’s no statistic out there to prove it, it seems like when an athlete is asked by some dying fan to give them a visit or send them a personalized autograph or something else along those lines, more often than not they feel like they’re being forced to do it just to avoid a PR disaster. But when Chris Cooley is asked to see a sick man, you kind of get the sense he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Last week, Cooley received an email telling him the story of Kathy and Ron Frazier. The two had been season ticket holders for the Redskins since ‘91, but this year they’d been unable to get to any games because Ron was suffering from stage-4 colon cancer. Two hours after receiving the email, Redskins brass called the couple to let them know that Cooley was on the case!
From the FREDERICK NEWS-POST:
The Redskins asked if it was possible for Ron to visit the team for a practice, but he is no longer able to travel. Instead, Cooley drove to Jefferson from Virginia on Friday after practice to meet the Fraziers. Two dozen friends, family members and neighbors were there. When the neighborhood children heard what was happening, they ran over, too.
Cooley posed for dozens of pictures and autographed everything in sight: footballs; posters; pennants; photos; hats — and, of course, a whole bunch of No. 47 jerseys. He stayed for nearly an hour, answering inside football questions, making small talk and discussing new coach Jim Zorn.
Let’s just hope the photos were not of the tasteless variety this time, Mr. Cooley.
Cooley even offered to send Ron a keepsake football if he scored a touchdown this Sunday. As such, you might want to get him in your fantasy lineups this week. He might be trying to jump a little higher this week.