By Shawn Jonas
Oakland, California – The Oakland Raiders fell to the Tennessee Titans 27-14 in their their third preseason game (1-2) and first at home on Saturday night. The Raiders second year wide receiver Amari Cooper had another great night as a pro.
Cooper had three receptions for 52-yards and a touchdown with a 17.3 yard per catch average in limited duty. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Amari connected on a deep 30-yard scoring play where Cooper made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone.
That wasn’t the only highlight of the night for Cooper. During the traditional post game meet in the middle of the field event that happens after every NFL game, Amari had another gem happen. He was tapped on the shoulder from behind and it was none other than 7-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson.
Johnson had some encouraging words to share with the second year wideout.
Question: I saw Andre Johnson sought you out after the game, what did he say to you?
Cooper- “He just told me to keep on doing what I am doing,” Amari said. “That guy was my favorite receiver growing up. He went to the University of Miami, I’m from Miami. He’s a great wide receiver. I wanted to meet him a while ago, but I’m happy I got a chance to meet him at the game and kinda talk to him. It was cool.”
Amari Cooper was born in Miami, Florida in June of 1994 and Andre Johnson was born in Miami, Florida in July of 1981.
Johnson has had a storied career where he currently has the most reception of any active player with 1,053 receptions which also puts him 8th on the all-time list in that category. He also has the most receiving yards of any active player with 14,100 which also puts him 9th on the all-time list. He has countless other statistics that puts him right there with some of the greatest to ever play the game.
Cooper has a long way to go, but there is no doubt he would like to be one of the best ever like his childhood idol Andre Johnson.
All Photos by Shawn Jonas