Justin Cooper (Canadian football)

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Justin Cooper
No. 97
Born: (1982-07-07) July 7, 1982 (age 35)
Red Deer, Alberta
Career information
Status Active
CFL status National
Position(s) DE
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg)
University Manitoba
High school Lindsay Thurber
CFL draft 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 23
Drafted by Edmonton Eskimos
Career history
As player
20082010 Edmonton Eskimos

Justin Cooper (born July 7, 1982) is a former professional Canadian football defensive end. He most recently played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

Early years & Personal[edit]

Cooper played for the Edmonton Huskies of the Canadian Junior Football League and attended the Calgary Stampeders training camps in 2004 and 2005. He then attended the University of Manitoba to play CIS football for the Manitoba Bisons from 2005 through 2007, where he was a Canada West All-Star in 2006 and 2007, 2007 first team All-Canadian, 2007 Canada West Most Outstanding Lineman, and 2007 East West Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player. His Manitoba Bisons were also the 2007 national championship Vanier Cup winners.[1][2]

In 2012, Cooper married his wife Deanna in Manitoba. They have since moved back to his home town in Alberta.

Professional career[edit]

Cooper was drafted 23rd overall by the Eskimos in the 2008 CFL Draft and played in all 18 regular season games of the 2008 CFL season including one start and scored his first CFL touchdown in the first quarter of the East Final against Montreal when he blocked a punt, which forced a fumble that he recovered in the end zone.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Justin Cooper". Bison Football Roster. University of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  2. ^ Turenne, Paul (2005-08-21). "Talent-filled Bison camp a dogfight". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Justin Cooper". Player Roster. Edmonton Eskimos Football Club. Retrieved 2009-02-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Justin Cooper". Rosters. CFL.ca. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  5. ^ Cox, Damien (2008-11-16). "Als, Stampeders a fitting East-West final". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-02-07.