When the reports of two NFL players missing at sea broke yesterday I opted not to post anything in hopes that by Monday morning the wayward ship would find its way back to the Florida coast.
As of now, the Florida Coast Guard has expanded its search. Still there is no sign of the boat.
The only reason this story has entered our collective conscious is due to the fact that two of the four men aboard the boat are professional football players. Perhaps the only reason I’m writing this piece is because one of the two players is currently on the roster of the Oakland Raiders.
Marquis Cooper is a reserve linebacker who played almost exclusively on special teams. However, that means very little right now. That he is a Raider means even less. The fact that he has a wife and 3 year old daughter is the only thing that matters.
The Raiders issued a statement yesterday. Fellow Raiders have offered their thoughts and players. Teammate Sam Williams, a good friend of Cooper’s, has stated that Marquis told him of problems with his GPS device on the boat. Hopefully they are not in danger and are merely navigating a new coarse home.
Professional sports are a means to provide entertainment for most of us. It is an escape from the sorrows of life. My hope is that Marquis will return to his family this week and help me to escape my sorrows this fall on Sundays.
They say the sea can be a terribly unforgiving mistress. Hopefully she has forgiven but not forgotten the four men in her clutches.