Chris Cooley stepped up to the podium this afternoon to announce his release from the Washington Redskins.

His departure marks the end of an era in Washington. Not that it was was such a great era, mind you, but Cooley did everything in his power to make it better. He produced on the field as much as he has engaged his fans off of it.

Cooley was one of the precious few to have a guest post run on KSK. A month later I posted a picture of his dick (just the tip) on Deadspin. He was cool about it, though to be fair, he kind of started it. A year later he even sat down with his fellow bloggers for a beer during the NFL draft. Another year passed and he was kind enough to film a message to be played at my wedding. What I’m trying to say here is that Cooley always came off as a genuinely nice guy who happened to be a football star with big curly hair and a circumcised penis.

Maybe he’ll get a chance to start for another team in need of a tight end (not Dallas), or maybe he’ll retire to split time between his pottery shop and a radio gig (980 and 106.7 bidding war!). No matter what he does he’ll always be a Redskin and a friend to bloggers.