Amari Cooper has distinguished himself as a dominant offensive threat whenever he is in the field of play. His outstanding performances have made him a force to acknowledge as far as the wide receiver’s position is concerned. Amari is currently among the prominent stars in the lineup of the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders as the fourth overall selection during the NFL draft of 2015.
As a result of his unparalleled ball-catching skills, the smart and brilliant wide receiver has earned a spot in the Pro Bowl twice. He completed his collegiate career at the University of Alabama. Learn more about Amari Cooper’s career and other interesting facts below.
Amari Cooper Biography (Age)
Records have it that the Cowboys’ star was born on the 17th day of June and in the year 1994. He was born to black American parents, Michelle Green and her husband Cooper. Amari spent his early years in Miami, Florida, along with his four siblings – Airrika, Ashley, Aspen, and Avery Cooper.
It is said that he started playing the game at a very young age and completed the first stage of his amateur career at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. While he was there, the wide receiver was so spectacular that he became a favorite player of the fans. He also garnered lots of attention from top colleges who wanted him to be a part of their college team.
After an impressive high school career, Amari Cooper accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. On joining the Crimson Tide football team, he made history as the second freshman since Alfred Lary to make 11 touchdowns in his first season. His performance was so spectacular that everyone couldn’t wait to see what he’d pull off in his sophomore season. But then, Cooper suffered a series of injuries which affected his game that year.
He later made 12 appearances for his team and caught 45 passes for 736 yards. He recorded his breakout season in 2014 when he managed 16 touchdowns and notched 124 receptions for 1,727 yards. The player finished the season as an all-time SEC leader in reception and touchdowns. As a result of his excellent performance, Amari won the Biletnikoff Award. He was equally a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Professional Career Stats and Injury
After a solid junior season at Alabama, the wide receiver announced he would forgo the remainder of his college career in order to join the 2015 NFL draft. During the draft, Amari Cooper was chosen by the Oakland Raiders as the first wide receiver and the fourth overall player that year. Notably, he was picked after Marcus Mariota, Dante Fowler, and Jameis Winston.
Joining the Raiders, Cooper made his regular season debut on the 13th of September 2015 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He made history as the first Raiders rookie to attain 1,000 receiving yards in a season. At the end of his rookie campaign, he had accumulated six touchdowns in addition to 72 receptions for 1,070 yards. Following his performance, Cooper was named to his first Pro Bowl along with Derek Carr. The player also got his second Pro Bowl call-up after his second successful season in 2016. He recorded 1,153 yards while catching 83 passes and scoring five touchdowns. Sadly, Cooper suffered an ankle injury which affected his performance during the 2017 season. As a result of the injury, the Raiders’ star had seven touchdowns and made only 48 receptions for 680 yards.
Before the 2018 season commenced, the Raiders took a fifth-year option on Amari’s contract. While the season was ongoing, Cooper suffered a concussion during their week six game against the Seattle Seahawks. Afterward, he was traded in exchange for a 2019 first round pick to the Dallas Cowboys. Joining the Cowboys, Amari Cooper got the starting wide receiver’s role for the team. He made nine appearances for the Cowboys managing 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns. During his first season with the Cowboys, Amari won the Offensive Player of the Week Award twice. He also featured in the Cowboys postseason game where he made 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown.
His Height and Weight
Undoubtedly, Amari Cooper has been outstanding since the inception of his professional career – all thanks to the work he does at the gym. A mere look at the wide receiver, you’d see he has a great physique and wonderful body measurements. Standing at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m), he weighs 210 pounds. The player has black hair and brown eyes.