Right before the start of the 2017 NFL preseason, the Dallas Cowboys required a backup quarterback to replace their veteran backup Kellen Moore and Cooper Rush was called up to the responsibility following an impressive performance during the offseason.
He was signed in the 2017 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent. Arguably one of the smartest players in the NFL right now, Cooper Rush’s quick-decision making skill is an asset to the Dallas Cowboys and more than makes up for his average athleticism. His journey to the top tier of American football was far from a straight-forward one. Here are the highlights of his life and career thus far.
Bio – Who Is Cooper Rush?
Born on November 21, 1993, Cooper Rush is a native of Charlotte, Michigan. His parents are Frances Rush and Matthew Rush. Cooper’s footballing career began in Lansing Catholic High School in Lansing, Michigan, a small school with a little above 500 students. He quickly became the star player on his football team and went on to be a starter for three years, leading the team to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.
Cooper threw over 7000 passing yards and had 80 passing touchdowns as well as over 1400 running yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. In his senior year, he received a couple of coveted awards including Gatorade Player of the Year honors from ESPN as well as Associated Press’ Michigan Division 5/6 Player of the Year Award. Cooper’s record of 48 touchdowns in a season is yet to be bested by anyone else.
With such impressive high school stats, one would think that Cooper got a number of offers from colleges, but on the contrary, he had to work extra hard, attending camps in all the area schools before he could attract an offer which came from Central Michigan University. Cooper had nailed the scholarship after CMU’s then-offensive-coordinator noticed how he was able to heave long passes during a rainstormy training day.
CMU wasn’t let down as Cooper went on to have a very successful collegiate career. Though redshirted in his first year, he quickly earned the starting QB position by his second season and maintained it throughout the rest of his career. He had been offered the role after impressing in his debut game in the second season where he came in as a substitute to throw 326 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The spotlight shone on Cooper Rush following his performance in their 2014 Bahamas Bowl game against Western Kentucky. His team had attempted to stage what would have been the largest comeback in bowl history. Though they failed, losing the game by just one point, Rush and his team were still commended for their performance which earned them an ESPY Awards nomination for Best Play.
His team had started the game poorly but suddenly picked up in the fourth quarter where they trailed by 7 points up from 35 in the previous third quarter. In the final seconds of the game, Rush pulled a 45-yard Hail Mary pass that saw leading receiver Titus Davis score a touchdown that gave them two options, either to kick for an extra point to send the game to overtime or go for a two-point conversion. The team went for the latter and unfortunately, were unsuccessful.
Cooper Rush’s best season came in the third season when he rushed 3,848 total passing yards and 25 touchdowns setting the school’s new single-season record. His collegiate career ended with a total of 50 games played with 12,891 yards and 90 touchdowns.
Rush was equally as good in academics as he was on the field. He graduated with a 3.89-grade point average earning a degree in Actuarial Sciences which is one of the most difficult career paths there is. Actuarial Sciences employs mathematical and statistical methods to predict risks in industries, particularly insurance and finance industries. Cooper Rush was undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft but was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.
His Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
If a list of average athletic players in the NFL was to be made, Cooper Rush would certainly make that list. His NFL Draft profile describes his build as “frumpy body with a very little muscular definition.” He weighs 225 pounds and stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches.
Rush attained a very tall height very quickly, as early as high school, Rush was already 6 feet 3 inches tall. Cooper makes up for his less athletic build with a sharp thinking mind.