Rookie Diary: Chris Cooley

On a typical game day I wake up about 7:30 a.m. For a 4 o'clock game I might wake up a little later. But either way I'll eat breakfast, watch TV for an hour, usually a hunting show because to me that's the most interesting.

If we have a 4 o'clock game, like Sunday, then I'll try and go work out a little just to get my hearbeat up a bit so I'm not sitting around the entire day. I'll go down on some of the cardio machines or ride a bike to get my body moving. Then I'll eat and just hang out. I'll take my DVD player to the hotel and after breakfast I'll watch something for an hour and just rest.

I'll get to the stadium around two and a half hours before kickoff. Lately I've been going out and kicking field goals and punting before games, just messing around with Brian Kozlowski and Mark Wilson. That's been pretty fun and I've even kicked a 50-yarder. I'm a soccer style kicker and I'm getting better, but none of us are that good.

Our unit usually goes on the field around an hour before the game and we'll run around, catch a few balls and get real loose. Then we'll go into team stuff and run the same plays we do every week in pre-game that we're not going to do in a game.

Then I'll go back into the locker room and listen to music for about 20 minutes. The music varies. I'm not into hard rock or anything. Last week I listened to Third Eye Blind.

It's not hard for me to stay calm and I've always been like that. Even back in high school I remember I was in the high school state wrestling championship and someone asked me if I was nervous and I said, 'Not really.' I just go do it. It's like, 'Let's go.' I feel prepared every week and know what I'm going to do and what they're going to do.

The best part is standing in the tunnel before we run onto the field, especially at home when you can hear the fans and you're ready to bust out of the tunnel and you hear everyone go crazy. I get a little amped up for that part and that's pretty sweet. I never played in a big stadium in college -- at Utah State ours was around 25,000. So coming into 90,000 is awesome. That's my favorite part.


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