Happy Birthday Amari Cooper
Former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper turns 26-years old today. Cooper spent three seasons at The Capstone prior to being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders in 2015. The receiver began a trend of high school wide receivers from the Miami area choosing to play football for the Crimson Tide.
The 6-foot-1 receiver was a four-star prospect out of Northwestern High School in Miami, he was ranked as the fifth best receiver in the class of 2012. Cooper was ranked the eighth overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 45th overall recruit nationally by the 247Sports Composite. He chose Alabama over Miami, FSU, Ohio State and others.
Cooper became the primary target for the Crimson Tide as a freshman hauling in 59 receptions, 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns while playing with A.J. McCarron. He still led the Tide as a sophomore hauling in 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns. His final season in Tuscaloosa Cooper exploded setting an SEC record for receptions with 124, 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Cooper earned Freshman All-American and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team. He was named unanimous All-American and First Team All-SEC as a junior while winning the Biletnikoff Award and finishing as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Cooper won two SEC Championships and one BCS National Championship while playing for the Crimson Tide.
He is Alabama's record holder for career receptions (228), yards (3,463) and touchdowns (31). Cooper was drafted fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders.
He has turned in four Pro-Bowl seasons with the Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. Cooper has cleared the 1,000 yard receiving mark three times in his six-year career so far, totaling 357 receptions, 5,097 yards and 33 touchdowns in the NFL.
Cooper recently signed a new five-year contract extension with the Cowboys worth $100 million with $60 million guaranteed.
Happy Birthday to this Crimson Tide great.