March 01, 2009

Two NFL Players Missing at Sea: Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper were on a 21-foot boat that disappeared on Saturday in waters off Clearwater, Florida. The men and two others are still missing. "Those are two guys I really respect and two guys who are just blue collar good guys," said former teammate Ryan Nece. "I'm just praying for them."

posted by rcade to football at 04:17 PM - 8 comments

I'll pray for them as well. I hope this story has a happy ending, which at this point, may not be the probable one.

Why the article includes the height and weight of both Cooper and Smith, I'll never understand. Seems a little cut-and-paste-from-wiki-ish, without editing that stuff out. It's not important here. I don't mind a little history, but the career stats should be the last thing on our minds now.

posted by BoKnows at 04:34 PM on March 01, 2009

I think my area got hit today by the system that these players would've encountered last night on the water. It had some pretty strong gusts of wind and is still blowing eight hours later.

posted by rcade at 08:30 PM on March 01, 2009

Nick Shuyler, former USF Bulls football player, was found in the water, clinging to the overturned boat.

posted by NoMich at 06:53 PM on March 02, 2009

Here are some photos of him right before the rescue.

posted by rcade at 07:02 PM on March 02, 2009

40 miles out in a 21 foot boat? Makes me wonder how much boating knowledge they actually had.

Still a very sad situation to be in.

posted by Folkways at 09:43 PM on March 02, 2009

Why the article includes the height and weight of both Cooper and Smith, I'll never understand.

In an article I read, the Coast Guard mentioned the height and weight to make the case that these guys could last in the water much longer than ordinary folks.

Let's hope that's the case.

posted by cjets at 10:03 AM on March 03, 2009

very sad.

posted by spofomofo at 04:15 PM on March 03, 2009


Not sure if they're alive or not but being lost at see is devastating.

posted by BornIcon at 10:49 AM on March 05, 2009

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