Philadelphia Eagles football player Riley Cooper was thrust into the spotlight after a video of him using a racial slur surfaced on the internet. Here’s what you need to know about the incident and the star athlete.
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1. Riley Cooper is the Wide Receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles
Riley Cooper is a the wide receiver for Philadelphia Eagles. He was drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed to a four-year contract.
2. He Was Caught on Camera Using a Racial Slur
In addition to his racist outburst, Cooper was also filmed getting into a physical altercation in the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before the show.
9. The Athlete Played for the University of Florida in College
Before playing for the NFL, Cooper played football for the University of Florida. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the university in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators football team from 2006 to 2009.
10. He Almost Played Baseball
Cooper was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school in the 15th round of the 2006 MLB Draft, but passed on the contract to play college baseball for the Florida Gators as an outfielder. He signed a deal to play baseball for the Texas Rangers but ultimately decided to delay his MLB career and returned to play football for Florida in 2009.
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