LANDOVER HILLS, Md.(WUSA) -- Chris Cooley is no longer officially a member of the Washington Redskins organization but it didn't stop him from representing the team at Glenridge Elementary School Tuesday morning.
"I'll always be a part of the Redskins, I'm not part of the current roster right now but I'm part of this community because they embraced me so much as a player," says Cooley.
The event was part of the "Power to Read Pizza Party" which rewarded more than 100 Prince George's County third graders for their commitment to reading. Cooley took time out to speakone-on-one with WUSA9 Sports Anchor Dave Owens on a variety of topics. The free agent tight end says this is a different type of off-season for him, since he officially has no team.
"It's been really strange but it's been fun because of what I did in the football world, there's all these opportunities and I say to myself 'oh my gosh, I can do this, or this or this or I can play golf,'" says the former tight end laughing. Cooley says he doesn't want to play for any other team than the Skins but they have not contacted him about a return to the organization.
"I have no clue but you can ask Bruce Allen (General Manager) though or Mike Shanahan," says Cooley laughing. He still, however, is a fan of burgundy and gold.
He continued, "I think what the Washington Redskins did last year changed football, it changed the way football is played, Robert (Griffin) changed the way football is played, people couldn't stop us."