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RIP Greg Cook

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by tripleoption34, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Former QB in the very early days of the Bengals franchise that was derailed by a shoulder injury. Ask some older football fans and a healthy Cook becomes a big "What if he was healthy?"

    Bill Walsh insisted that Cook was the best QB he ever saw. Once talked with some old-timers who remembered him and each felt Cook would have been a Hall of Fame caliber player had there been better medical techniques that would have prevented him from throwing his arm out very early in his career.
  2. Dan Hickling

    Dan Hickling Member

    sad to hear ... remember seeing him in a snowstorm at the old Rockpile in Buffalo during his rookie year ... and yes, he should have had quite the career ....
  3. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

  4. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    One of the the all time "what could've been" figures. Had a tremendous rookie season in which he looked like a budding superstar, and then injuries ruined him from there.
  5. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    At first, I thought this was about the "Cookie Monster" off LSU's 1981 Final Four team. He died seven years ago, I believe.

    So now all the Greg Cooks relevant to the sports world have passed...or am I missing one?
  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    A good way to compare quarterbacks between generations is to look at average yards per pass. This way you can compare the QB who completes a high percentage because he throws a lot of passes to the running backs and the long ball thrower who tries to hit his wide receivers and has a lower completion percentage.

    Quarterbacks of 40-50 years ago typically did not complete as high a percentage of passes but their average yards per completed pass was higher. In his rookie year Cook averaged 9.4 yards per pass. Aaron Rodgers just had an extraordinary season and averaged 9.25 yards per pass. Ah, what might have been.
  7. Quakes

    Quakes Guest

  8. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    From Mike Brown: "Greg was the single most talented player we’ve ever had with the Bengals."
  9. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    He'd do radio in Cincinnati once in a while. He was pretty good too.

  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    RIP to the man whose injury begat the West Coast offense.

    Edit to add the Cincinnati Enquirer obit piece on Cook since no one had posted it yet:

  12. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    So many athletes from the past you could say something like that about. Don Gullett and Bobby Tolan spring to mind.
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