It didn’t take long for Oakland receiver Amari Cooper to leave his mark in the pros. During his 2015 rookie season, he had over 1,000 receiving yards and six touchdowns, and received the first of presumably many Pro Bowl invites. But spend one minute with him and you’ll find that all this early success has only made him more dedicated and focused. We sat down with him to discuss his encore plans and how he’s going to achieve them.
ON THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS OTHERS PUT ON HIM
“I have high expectations for myself, so it’s really nothing different than what I’m putting on myself. You just have to go out there and play the game like you’ve always been playing it, and if you work hard, success will follow.”
HOW HE’S GOING TO REACH THOSE EXPECTATIONS IN 2016-17
“[I want to improve] consistency in my performance. I want to build a better rapport so [my quarterback and I] can be on the same page because we only had one year together. We can only go up from here and improve.
“The future is bright. [Oakland] has a lot of young players who are coming along, and we’re just excited to see what happens.”
HIS BIGGEST STRENGTH AND HOW HE’S GETTING BETTER AT IT
“The biggest strength in my game is probably my route running ability and ability to get open.
“[You have to] study your opponent. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. If you know what you’re going up against, then you’ll know what to attack.”
THE GEAR THAT HELPS HIM PREPARE FOR GREATNESS
“I just feel like Nike is the best brand out there. The logo kind of speaks for itself now. They come out with the best looking stuff.
“[Vapor Untouchables] are light. They have good traction on them. I cut really hard, so I need some good traction that won’t slip. It allows me to move fast.”
HOW YOU CAN DO THE SAME
“Dream of being a better player than I am. You’re only in high school, so the sky’s the limit for you. Your story isn’t written yet, so be the best you can be and try to be the best to ever do it.”