Chris Cooley, the dynamic, Pro Bowl tight end for the Washington Redskins, is one of the most popular players in the NFL, let alone the Redskins, and has also been known as "the top athlete blogger" by some. He now has even more to add to his resume.
That's right. A local "crime" has brought forth yet another of Chris Cooley's talents.
A little background on the "crime" first.
On Aug. 27, Washington Post writer Garry Trudeau wrote a small "call to arms" to all Washington DC area readers:
"Have you seen Chief Zee 's tomahawk?
On Aug. 9, the Chief—a Washington Redskins superfan whose real name is Zema Williams—set his signature prop down while he was signing autographs at the Redskins' preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. When he turned to retrieve it, it was gone—subject to a prank or plain petty theft, he believes. 'I had that thing for 25 years. Anytime you saw me, I had my little tomahawk,' Williams, 67, told us yesterday. 'I don't see what they would do with it, but I'm sure whoever took it was playing a trick. I sat in the parking lot long after the game was over thinking someone would come out with it.' But it never turned up.
The 12" tomahawk has a slender wooden handle with a rubber blade and appears in many photos of Williams since he started attending Redskins games nearly 30 years ago. 'It's my main piece—it's got Sean Taylor 's number on it and everything," Williams said, referring to the Redskins safety who was murdered in November.
Williams isn't offering a reward, but hopes a good Samaritan will bring his tomahawk back: 'If it's out there, please return it. It's a part of me.'"
According to Tanner Cooley (Chris Cooley's brother, who was kind enough to give me the run down on this whole thing via email), Christy let Chris know about the missing tomahawk and wanted him to try to get it back.
Chris told Tanner to put up a post on his blog, Theft of a Tomahawk, stating that Chris was offering a jersey to anyone with information leading to the return of the tomahawk.
From Tanner's email:
"Well, less than six hours later, I got an email from the kid's friend, confessing his guilt and asked if I would meet him to accept the return of the tomahawk. I did and sure enough, it was the real deal. We gave the kids his jersey, and I called the Chief to tell him the good news."
And a successful hostage negotiation is completed. The tomahawk will be returned to Chief Zee before tonight's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Cooleys intend to record the event.
So, yes, Chris Cooley: Hostage Negotiator.