The Unlikely Rise of UNC's Jonathan Cooper

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The Unlikely Rise of UNC's Jonathan Cooper
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

While he waited for a flight to take him someplace he once never thought he'd be, Michael Cooper sat in an airport Tuesday and thought about what his son, Jonathan, told him nearly 20 years ago. The words resonated with the elder Cooper, who was on his way to New York City to attend the NFL draft. “Eighteen years ago,” Michael Cooper said, “Jonathan came to me and was 5 years old, and out of the clear blue sky he said, 'Daddy, when I get to be a big boy, I'm going to play football. And then I'm going to the NFL.'”

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