Amari Cooper Draws Crowd In Mobile

Former All-America University of Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper always drew a horde of defensive backs on the football field. Saturday he attracted a different type of crowd. The number four overall 2015 NFL Draft choice was in Mobile at McGowin Park on Saturday morning at Dick's Sporting Goods and Field & Stream as part of the four-day grand opening event.

The lure of Alabama record-setting wide receiver Amari Cooper was evident as the Miami native was greeted by over 350 enthusiastic admirers fortunate to secure a wrist band allowing them to obtain an autographed signature. Jerseys, footballs, helmets, photos, posters, and other memorabilia were among the items presented to the talented rookie set to report to the Oakland Raiders training camp in Napa, California on Sunday.

Appropriately, silver and black sharpies, matching the colors of the AFC Western Division team, were placed on the table in a walkway between the two stores for Cooper to make his marking. Arriving before 7 a.m., the overflowing crowd of well-wishers not wearing a wristband were in a cordoned off line to the left side of the set-up able to take photos as Amari Cooper signed autographs between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A popular figure among the Tide fans, the first time visitor to “The Port City” of Mobile, took a few moments to entertain questions from and other assembled media members.

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