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Shelton Quarles recalls Marquis Cooper



I interviewed former Bucs LB Shelton Quarles earlier today about his recollections of former teammate Marquis Cooper, among the three men still missing after a Gulf of Mexico boating accident.

Cooper, who played for the Raiders last season, was good friends with Cooper during Cooper's time in Tampa Bay. Quarles recalled numerous dinners at the Quarles residence, when Quarles' mother would cook dinner for not only her family but Cooper, too.

"His family was in Arizona, so he would come over to my house for meals a lot because he was single at the time," Quarles said of Cooper."My mom moved down here some years ago and he was a fixture at my house for Sunday dinner, which my mom would always cook. And for Thanksgiving and holidays, he would always be there. His mom and my mom actually became friends from when she would come visit."

After learning of the mishap, Quarles wasn't the least bit surprised to learn Cooper was out on the water.

"I remember when he first got to Tampa, all he talked about was buying a boat and getting out there on the water," Quarles said. "On Tuesdays, when a lot of guys were just trying to recover from the game (on Sunday), he'd be rushing to get out on the water."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:27pm]


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