Common ground for Phillies' Brown, Eagles' Cooper

Posted: August 06, 2010

The red-hot Phillies rookie is a former big-time college football recruit. An Eagles rookie wide receiver was twice drafted by major league baseball teams.

So much for one-sport specialization.

Starting in rightfield these days for the Phillies is Domonic Brown, a highly recruited wide receiver who had a scholarship offer from the University of Miami.

Battling for an Eagles job is fifth-round pick Riley Cooper, formerly of the University of Florida.

Brown and Cooper played high school football and baseball during the 2004-05 school year less than 45 minutes apart - Brown at Pasco High in Dade City, Fla., and Cooper at Clearwater Central Catholic.

Both were all-state that year. Cooper was a first-team All-Class 2B defensive back and Brown was a third-team All-Class 3A wide receiver. A young man named Tim Tebow was the All-3A quarterback that year.

Brown and Cooper are in Philly now, trying to make their professional mark. Both have Philly in their background.

Brown and Cooper were picked in the 2006 baseball draft - by the Phillies. Cooper, the football player, was picked in the 15th round, ahead of Brown in the 20th round.

Cooper has gotten used to being drafted by someone. The former Gator also was selected in the 26th round of the 2009 baseball draft by the Texas Rangers and played minor league ball last summer. *

- Chuck Bausman

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