By now, the story of Chris Cooley meeting his future wife Christy is the stuff of legend: she was a cheerleader, he was a tight end, they weren’t allowed to date, but they started dating on the creep anyway and things - obviously - went well. On one hand, aww. On the other hand, aww damn, she’s a knockout.
The producers of the E! True Hollywood Story franchise noticed the story as well, it appears; they’re picking up “NFL Wives” as one of their episodes, prominently feature Mrs. Cooley herself. It’s not exactly unprecedented; E! featured MLB wives last year; we don’t recall any complaints about that.
As with all other things DMV sports, THE SPORTS BOG was there:
“First of all what caught my eye was the story of how they met,” producer John Formichella told me. “So that was sort of the initial impetus. And then obviously calling and talking to her, she seems really sweet. In casting we talked to a bunch of people, to see who would be good on TV. Chris seemed like a really cool guy and I knew he would be good too, kind of open, down to earth. Obviously he’s the fact that he’s a well-known personality in the NFL helps. That didn’t hinder the process.”
The other wives? They include the spouses of Adam Archuleta, Tony Gonzalez, LaDanian Tomlinson, Quentin Jammer, and possibly Jeff Garcia. If you follow NFL wives, you might recognize some of these names.
You know how you can tell we luv you, SbB readers? Because instead of rattling off NFLer names, we’ll give you what you really want out of that list:
(Archuleta and wife Jennifer Walcott)
(Gonzalez and wife October)
(Tomlinson and wife LaTorsha)
(Jammer and wife Alicia [far left])
(Garcia’s wife Camilla deCesare)
Formichella freely admits that he chose mostly attractive women; even as the E! viewership is largely female, people of both genders are largely drawn to watching attractive people on television. Would people watch CSI if everybody were grossly obese? Well, okay, that’s an unfair comparison, because I think I actually would watch Fat CSI for the sheer novelty of it, plus for the possibility that the evidence could get “tampered with” by some errant drips of donut filling. That would actually be awesome and somebody should make this show right away.
Ah, but again, we digress. The Bog’s Dan Steinberg asked Cooley about the whole hotness thing:
And events probably render this question ridiculous, but I asked Chris Cooley whether he ever has any worries about random men gawking at images of his wife.
“I think that’s an obvious answer: no,” he said. “It’s not like I’m like, Oh I hope a lot of guys go home and think about my wife. I mean, as long as someone’s like, ‘His wife’s very pretty, that’s really cool, she seems really nice.’ That’s what I want.”
Um, looking at that picture at the top… best of luck with that, Mr. Cooley.