Just before the start of the 2017 NFL preseason, the Dallas Cowboys needed a replacement quarterback to replace their veteran replacement Kellen Moore, and Cooper Rush was called to account after an impressive performance during the preseason.
He was signed on as an unconscripted free agent in the 2017 NFL Draft. Cooper Rush is probably one of the smartest players in the NFL right now. His ability to make quick decisions is an asset to the Dallas Cowboys and more than makes up for his average athleticism. His path to the top tier of American football has been anything but easy. Here are the highlights of his life and career so far.
Bio – Who Is Cooper Rush?
Cooper Rush, born on November 21, 1993, is from Charlotte, Michigan. His parents are Frances Rush and Matthew Rush. Cooper’s football career began at Lansing Catholic High School in Lansing, Michigan, a small school with just over 500 students. He quickly became a star player on his soccer team and was a starter for three years, leading the team to unbeaten regular seasons.
Cooper threw over 7000 pass yards and had 80 pass touchdowns as well as over 1400 running yards and 27 rush touchdowns. In his senior year, he received several coveted awards, including ESPN’s Gatorade Player of the Year award and the Associated Press’ Michigan Division 5/6 Player of the Year Award. Cooper’s record of 48 touchdowns in a single season has never been beaten by anyone.
With such impressive high school stats, you’d think Cooper would have received a number of college offers, but on the contrary, he had to work extra hard and attend camps in every school in the area before he could win an offer from Central Michigan University. Cooper had the scholarship in place after the then CMU offensive coordinator noticed how he could throw long passes during a rainy day of training.
CMU was not disappointed as Cooper had a very successful college career. Although he was a red herder in his first year, he quickly earned a QB starting spot in his second season and kept it for the rest of his career. He was offered this role after he impressed in his debut game in his second season when he stepped in as a substitute and threw 326 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Cooper Rush was in the spotlight after his performance in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl game against Western Kentucky. His team had tried to stage the biggest comeback in the history of the Bahamas Bowl. Although they failed and lost the game by only one point, Rush and his team were still praised for their performance, which earned them a nomination for the ESPY Award for Best Game.
His team had started the game poorly, but suddenly the fourth quarter saw an upswing when they were down 7 points from 35 in the previous third quarter. In the final seconds of the game, Rush drew a 45-yard Hail Mary pass with leading receiver Titus Davis scoring a touchdown, giving them two options: either take a shot for an extra point to send the game into extra time or make a two-point conversion. The team decided on the latter and unfortunately remained unsuccessful.
Cooper Rush’s best season came in the third season, when he scored 3,848 straight passes and 25 touchdowns, setting the school’s new season record. His college career ended with a total of 50 games played with 12,891 yards and 90 touchdowns.
Rush was as good in academia as he was on the field. He graduated with an average grade point average of 3.89 and earned a degree in Actuarial Science, one of the most challenging career paths available. Actuarial science uses mathematical and statistical methods to predict risks in the industry, particularly in the insurance and financial sectors. Cooper Rush was not included in the 2017 NFL draft but was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a freelancer.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
If a list of the average athletic players in the NFL were to be created, Cooper Rush would certainly create that list. His NFL draft profile describes his physique as a “frumpy body with a very little muscular definition”. He weighs 225 pounds and stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches.
Rush very quickly reached a very tall body height, already in high school Rush was already 5’8″ and 6’8″ tall. Cooper makes up for his less athletic build with a sharp mind.