Chris Cooley and the Worst Dropped Passes Ever (With Video)
Chris Cooley earned himself a firm place in NFL history on Sunday, though he's probably not too excited about it.
The Washington Redskins tight end was wide open in the end zone against the Jacksonville Jaguars when quarterback Rex Grossman hit him right in the numbers with a perfect pass.
But Cooley somehow dropped the pass, people laughed, and Cooley went home to his hot wife to make himself feel better.
In the meantime, Cooley also became the inspiration for our celebration of the biggest goofs, the all-time screw-ups, and the craziest "how did that just happen?" moments we've ever seen.
Here they are: the 10 worst dropped passes ever!
10. Carlos Rogers
The Washington Redskins' pass defense has been, um, defensively challenged in 2010.
And even when Peyton Manning was in hot pursuit of Brett Favre's career interceptions mark, the Redskins' secondary couldn't take advantage.
Earlier in the season, Manning basically told Carlos Rogers, "Hey, here you go. I'm giving you an easy interception. All you have to do is catch the ball."
Easier said than done, my friends.
Rogers at first appears to pick off Manning's pass, but you soon realize his feet are about as steady as a drunk's after happy hour.
Rogers crashes and burns, while Albert Haynesworth giggles on the sidelines and Donovan McNabb holds Rex Grossman's clipboard.
It sure is a great time to be a Redskins fan.
9. Ted Ginn
When the Miami Dolphins drafted Ted Ginn with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2007 draft, I had to stop for a moment.
I seriously found myself wondering if Al Davis briefly took over the Dolphins to draft the speedy wide receiver out of Ohio State.
That's the only explanation for drafting a guy who runs a 4.30 40-yard dash but can't even explain a post route, much less run one.
Ah, maybe I'm being a bit harsh. But Ginn has so many dropped passes that it took a video montage to fully explain the extent of his bad hands.
After watching this video, you really have to think: Did Snoop Dogg actually create the song "Drop It Like It's Hot" with Ginn in mind?
8. Chris Cooley
If I mentioned Chris Cooley, Rex Grossman and mistake in the same sentence, 99 percent of the NFL fanbase would assume it meant Grossman was the culprit of some colossal screw-up.
Grossman lofted a pass right into the breadbasket of the usually sure-handed Cooley, but Cooley turned Sunday's gimme touchdown into one of the worst drops in football history.
There are only two explanations for the miscue.
One, Cooley sees the Redskins ship sinking and is hoping a couple more drops get him a free pass out of Washington.
Or two, Cooley realizes that wins and losses don't matter, because he's still married to one of the hottest WAGs on the planet.
OK, maybe it's both.
7. Devery Henderson
Devery Henderson is the true definition of feast or famine.
He either makes a play he has no business making, or he drops a pass that the three-year kid next door could make if he was blindfolded.
More often than not, though, Henderson will leave you baffled as to how he's been in the NFL since 2005.
Just look at the video.
He could be in a swamp with 10,000 mosquitoes and still wouldn't catch the West Nile virus.
6. Tony Romo
Who can forget this?
Aside from maybe the free throw or the intentional walk, an extra point, or a field goal that's less than 20 yards in this case, has to be the simplest play in all of team sports.
I'd venture to guess that 99.999 percent of these kicks split the uprights without any sort of hiccups.
But not if you're Tony Romo.
With the Dallas Cowboys trailing 21-20 in the Wild Card round of the 2007 playoffs, all Romo had to do was the catch the snap, place it on the ground, and let Martin Gramatica kick an easy breezy 19-yard field goal.
Yeah, tell him that.
Romo bobbled the snap, picked up the football, and attempted to run the ball into the end zone before being tackled at the two-yard line, eliminating the Cowboys from the playoffs in the process.
Wow. Just wow.
5. Braylon Edwards
The only thing better than a dropped pass is a dropped pass with a premature celebration.
Enter Mark Sanchez and Braylon Edwards.
Edwards runs down the field against the Buffalo Bills, with the closest Bills' cornerback waiting for a hot dog at the Sabres game.
But Edwards lets the pass from Sanchez nail him in the face, Sanchez briefly jumps for joy like he's on the cover of GQ again, and Edwards officially anoints himself the NFL's premiere pass dropper.
Maybe he was still feeling the effects of his Saturday night or something.
4. Asante Samuel
Some say that defensive backs only play on that side of the ball because they can't catch.
They might be right.
In Super Bowl XLII, New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel was poised to do what about 20 defensive players have done to Eli Manning this season: pick off one of his passes.
It would have been a reasonably difficult interception, but Samuel made it look like a seventh grader trying to do the work of a rocket scientist.
The ball sailed through his hands, David Tyree pulled off a ridiculous catch shortly thereafter, and the Patriots' dreams of an undefeated season ended after an 18-1 finish.
Samuel has since moved on to Philadelphia, in what I assume was New England's way of saying, "Get the hell out of here."
3. Santonio Holmes
The New York Jets took on the Miami Dolphins for the second time this season in Week 15, and it was near halftime when one of the announcers remarked that Santonio Holmes had the best hands in the NFL.
Guess what happened on the next play.
Holmes made his way to the corner of the end zone, where he was all by his lonesome like the guy at the bar who thinks that looks fashionable.
Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez then hit him with a picture perfect lob pass that my grandma could have caught with one hand tied behind her back.
But Holmes must have washed his hands in Vaseline or recently have eaten some fried oysters, because the pass slipped through his fingers with relative ease.
Rex Ryan's probably not too worried about Holmes' hands, though. He's more of a foot guy.
2. Steve Johnson
You know a wide receiver screwed up when he hurls his helmet at the bench or gets into a verbal spat with his coach on the sidelines.
But how do you when a wideout really, really screwed up?
When he takes to Twitter and blames God for his dropped pass.
Like Steve Johnson did.
Earlier this season, the Buffalo Bills had the chance to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, but Johnson dropped a potential-game winning pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in epic fashion.
Remember that scene in The Replacements when Clifford Franklin says he looks like he did a certain thing to an elephant?
Yeah, that's exactly how Johnson looked, too.
1. Jackie Smith
"He has got to be the sickest man in America right now."
That's what the announcer said when Dallas Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith forever etched his name into the history books with his dropped pass in Super Bowl XVII.
And the announcer could not have been more right.
It was third down, the closest defender to Smith was in Antarctica, and a catch would have tied the game at 21-21.
But the drop wound up being the difference between a Super Bowl loss and an NFL Championship for the Cowboys.
Smith's otherwise solid NFL career is never mentioned because of this one play.
He is officially the Bill Buckner of the NFL.