Cooper with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014
|No. 41 Arizona Cardinals|
|Date of birth:||February 1, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Bloomfield, Connecticut|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||192 lb (87 kg)|
|High school:||Bloomfield (CT)|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 252|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
Marcus Cooper (born February 1, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football for Rutgers University. He has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cooper attended Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, Connecticut, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. In football, he finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards, touchdowns, receptions and consecutive games with a touchdown. He also ranks second in Connecticut history in career receiving yards (3,014), touchdown receptions (43), and consecutive games with a touchdown reception (13).
Also an standout track & field athlete, Cooper was a state qualifier in the 100 meters. At the 2008 Bloomfield Invitational, he took gold in the long jump, with a leap of 6.48 meters (21 ft, 1 in), while also earning second-place finishes in both the 100-meter dash (10.79 s) and the high jump (2.04 m) events. In addition, he also ran the 55-meter dash in 6.47 seconds and clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash.
Cooper played all four years for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, but saw limited playing time as a starter during his first two seasons as a Wide Receiver. He switched to Cornerback in his final year at Rutgers and his playing time increased immensely along with his production, leading many draft experts to speculate that he would be a mid-late NFL draft pick.
San Francisco 49ers
On April 27, Cooper was drafted in seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers with the 252nd overall selection. On May 10, 2013 it was announced that Cooper had signed a four-year contract with the 49ers. Cooper was then cut by the 49ers in their final roster cuts before the beginning of the 2013 regular season.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs claimed Cooper off waivers right after the deadline to reach 53 players in 2013 and added him to their active roster. Upon a minor injury to cornerback Brandon Flowers, Cooper played extensively against the New York Giants on September 29, 2013. He won the Mack Lee award at the end of the 2013 season for being the most productive rookie on the team.
On September 2, 2016, Cooper was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. On September 18, 2016, Cooper had two interceptions and scored a touchdown game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cooper went on to lead the team in interceptions for that season, recording 4.
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