UPDATE: Cooley Gallery to remain in Leesburg
Update Aug. 30 at 12:43 p.m.
The Cooley Gallery will remain open, despite Chris Cooley being released from the Redskins.
According to Rachel Sherman, the gallery’s manager, the gallery will “absolutely stay open.”
The gallery, which is at 12 S. King St. in Historic Downtown Leesburg has been there since 2010.
This is a developing story.
Chris Cooley has been released from the Washington Redskins, according to the Washington Redskins’ Twitter account, stating today will be his last day.
Cooley has been the tight-end for the Redskins since he was drafted in 2004. The Redskins held a press conference, according to their official Twitter account, where Cooley addressed the press.
“The Washington Redskins are releasing me today. This will be my last day as a Redskin,” Cooley said during the press conference, visible emotional. “It’s been awesome. I’m fortunate to have worked for a franchise that’s embraced me. I’m very fortunate to have played for a team and a fan base that have embraced me like they have. This organization has changed my life in every way for the better. I’ll take some time and decide what I’ll do moving forward. I have every belief that I can still play football at a high level. It’ll be a tough decision to put on another jersey.”
Cooley said he wishes the team the very best, during his press conference. He also said there are no hard feelings.
“I appreciate all that you’ve done,” Cooley said to the press. “And finally, I’d like to say thank you to our fans.”
“We all know what Chris means to this organization. He’s a guy that we’ve leaned on a lot since I’ve been here,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said during the conference, according to the Redskins Twitter.
Shanahan said the cut was “as tough as it gets” and on-field production and salary were not part of the discussion, according to Twitter.
Twitter also reports that Fred Davis will be the team’s starting tight end.
Cooley, whose become the resident celebrity in Leesburg, owns an art gallery in Historic Downtown Leesburg. There is no news on where Cooley will go or if he will stay in Loudoun.
Here’s Cooley’s address to the press via YouTube.