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Xavier Cooper
DE #96
Height:
6-4
Weight:
300
College:
Washington State
Hometown:
Olympia, WA
Experience:
3

Biography

Goldmine

  • In June 2015, just a month after being drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns, Xavier Cooper returned to the classroom not as a student, but to speak with students at Notre Dame College and teach them the benefit of hard work, and never giving up. At age 15, Xavier was told he had a learning disability. He struggled in the classroom due to a deficiency in reading comprehension. Though he excelled on the football field, college coaches turned away from him due to poor grades. “You have to destroy what destroys you,” said Cooper. “You have to overcome and chase your dream.” The encouragement of a great support system included his parents Dawn & Louis Cooper, and Washington State Academic Advisor Heather Erwin. “He struggled at first,” Erwin said. “We’d get into heated discussions and he’d say, ‘I can’t do all this.’ But we kept at it.” Cooper often tells his story to children, knowing he was in their shoes just a few years prior. Not able to receive a scholarship due to academics made him work that much harder to excel in the classroom. After attending Tacoma Community College, he was able to walk on at Washington State and four years later Xavier graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. When asked how’d he do it, he replied “You have to have a support system and you have to apply yourself,” he said. “If you apply yourself in anything, you can be successful.”

Goldmine

  • In June 2015, just a month after being drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns, Xavier Cooper returned to the classroom not as a student, but to speak with students at Notre Dame College and teach them the benefit of hard work, and never giving up. At age 15, Xavier was told he had a learning disability. He struggled in the classroom due to a deficiency in reading comprehension. Though he excelled on the football field, college coaches turned away from him due to poor grades. “You have to destroy what destroys you,” said Cooper. “You have to overcome and chase your dream.” The encouragement of a great support system included his parents Dawn & Louis Cooper, and Washington State Academic Advisor Heather Erwin. “He struggled at first,” Erwin said. “We’d get into heated discussions and he’d say, ‘I can’t do all this.’ But we kept at it.” Cooper often tells his story to children, knowing he was in their shoes just a few years prior. Not able to receive a scholarship due to academics made him work that much harder to excel in the classroom. After attending Tacoma Community College, he was able to walk on at Washington State and four years later Xavier graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. When asked how’d he do it, he replied “You have to have a support system and you have to apply yourself,” he said. “If you apply yourself in anything, you can be successful.”
  • In 2015, Cooper joined Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma, WA to host the Inaugural Desmond Trufant Competition Camp. The purpose of the camp was not only to teach youth how to hone their skills on the field, but to teach them the benefits of competing throughout life. “I think the whole goal was to teach these guys there’s no medal for second or third place. Whether its school, getting a job, or playing sports. You want to compete to be the best,” said Cooper. Since the first annual camp in 2015, Cooper has been back to host the camp every year.
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 34 46 25 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2017 NYJ 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 SF 5 7 3 4 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016 CLE 13 20 11 9 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015 CLE 14 19 11 8 1.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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