Former ECU wide receiver Terrance Copper is about as classy as they
come. I had a chance to visit briefly with the current Dallas Cowboys
receiver on Thursday and he's still the same ole mild mannered lovable
guy I watched play football at Washington High School some seven years
Copper is back in his hometown for the off-season and showed up at the
Damien Wilkins All-Star Basketball game to help raise money for the
Washington Boys and Girls Club. By the way, Wilkins is another class
act. The Washington native and Seattle Supersonics guard loves his
hometown as much as Copper does and donated time and money to the Boys
and Girls Club. Thanks to Wilkins and Copper a number of area kids were
treated to a day of basketball, roller skating, games, food, free
bicycles and a brand new air conditioning unit for the Boys and Girls
Club which was desperately needed. And that's just the tip of the
When Terrance Copper was asked to join Wilkins he jumped at the chance.
Copper told me he has fond memories of playing basketball at the
Washington Boys and Girls Club after school on most days and that being
able to help future kids experience the club is priceless.
Copper also talked about his own future with the Dallas Cowboys. Back
in March he signed a one-year contract with the team worth $425,000 and
says that heading into training camp next month he and Patrick Crayton
will battle it out for the #3 receiver position behind Terrell Owens
and Terry Glenn.
Ironically, on the same day I spoke with Copper about his future with
the team the Cowboys cut receiver Tom Crowder. In an attempt to get the
roster down to 85 players before the start of training camp the Cowboys
were forced to release Crowder. Dallas now has 88 players and need to
cut three more before the first day of training camp on July 29th. In a
twisted way the releasing of Crowder by the Cowboys is great news for
Copper. It virtually assures the former Pirate a third year in the NFL
with a chance to make some noise in 2006.
While Copper played in all 16 games with the Cowboys last season he was
primarily a special teams player recording 11 tackles in the kicking
game. Not surprising since Copper now looks more like a small
linebacker than a wide receiver. His workout regiment has added muscle
mass to a six foot frame that I would suspect is packed with much more
than the 201 pounds listed on the teams roster.
Football season is just around the corner and talking to Terrance
Copper has certainly given me football fever.