Cooper Rush, The Pride of Lansing Catholic High College, just won a football game for the Dallas Cowboys
Sometimes I forget that when you exercise you can experience something other than complete sadness. Cooper Rush, a member of the 2012 class of Lansing Catholic High School (the high school I graduated from) and a former 4-year starter in Central Michigan (the school I dropped out of), just moved to Minnesota and defeated the Vikings. Rush finished a 75-yard drive with eight games and a 5-yard touchdown pass to his namesake Amari Cooper with less than a minute of regulation remaining.
This was the most emotional engagement I’ve had in an NFL in years. Maybe it was the emotion of the week that finally reached me. As I’ve said many times, the Michigan / Michigan State game weekend takes a heavy toll. After Saturday I was pretty much in the fog. But when Cooper drove the Cowboys across the field late in the Sunday game, I felt like I was 16 again watching Cooper drop bombs on Matt Macksood in the county finals.
This is Cooper Rush’s fifth season in the NFL, and it is his second appearance with a Dallas Cowboys team, which he gave up a year ago after signing Andy Dalton. He got into today’s game with a career graduation for 2 yards. That was against the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. He hadn’t started a game until tonight and had made the most of it. This wasn’t an example of just having to be a game manager and handing it over to Ezekiel Elliott four out of five games. Kellen Moore’s playbook was open and Cooper put in a 325 yard performance. NBC appeared to have set up a “rush cam” during the game that showed Cooper’s mother and father how they reacted to his great performance. That stuff is always cool, and it’s even cooler when it comes to people you’ve met. By the way, thank you Mrs. Rush for the hand warmers you gave me at the 2015 homecoming game in Central Michigan when I was too dumb to realize that maybe I should have worn gloves to a 30 degree soccer game night time.
Although my brand has been essentially a misery since I started making videos on Twitter in 2017, I really enjoy it when exercise makes me happy or other emotions find overwhelming disappointment. It was one of those moments. Congratulations, Cooper.