Missing at sea, players shared bond

Updated: March 4, 2009, 8:39 AM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bruce Cooper arrived in Tampa at 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Somehow, he managed to sleep for two hours on his flight from Phoenix, bringing his grand total to five since being told early Sunday that his son, Marquis, was missing.

"I'm clinging to hope," Cooper said, standing in front of his son's home in Odessa, Fla., north of St. Petersburg. "Marquis was an undersized [linebacker] at [the University of Washington] and in the NFL. The kid does not back down. ...

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