Posted by: Jeremy | March 4, 2009

A little perspective

Corey Smith

Corey Smith

I’ve been using this blog mostly to look at the lighter side of sports — Well, mostly just to poke fun at Alex Rodriguez. I do feel it’s necessary, though, to make note of a tragic story from the world of sports — one that puts a lot in perspective.

On the weekend, two NFL players — Oakland’s Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, a free agent that played for Detroit last season — went missing along with two former college players, Nick Schuyler and William Bleakley, while fishing off the Gulf Coast near Clearwater, Florida. Schuyler was miraculously rescued Monday after clinging to their overturned boat for 36 hours, but the Coast Guard has since called off the search for the remaining three.

Marquis Cooper, with wife Rebekah and daughter Delaney

Marquis Cooper, with wife Rebekah and daughter Delaney

So yeah, that puts things a little in perspective, doesn’t it? Suddenly the Lions’ 0-16 season doesn’t seem too important. Maybe the Raiders streak of futility doesn’t mean anything. I know, those are pretty cliche things to say at a time like this, but they’re true. Makes you think about these athletes, who we often view as invinceable, as humans. It turns out Cooper was a dedicated family man that leaves behind a wife and a three-year-old daughter. Smith, according to a former coach, was “outstanding, worked hard and was very humble in his approach to life and to success”.

Cooper played five NFL seasons for Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Jacksonville and Oakland. Smith played seven seasons for Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Detroit. The players were teammates on the Buccaneers in 2004. Bleakley played collegiately at South Florida.



  1. Very sad story. I can’t imagine what the families are going through.

    Nice of you to keep things in perspective. Tomorrow go back to hating on A-rod though.

  2. Yeah, a tragic story. Thanks for the comment…

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