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Ex-Bronco Cooper turns to fishing to fuel competitive drive

Updated: April 8, 2009, 7:56 PM ET
By Doug Grassian | ESPNOutdoors.com Staff

ABACO, Bahamas — Saddled with an insatiable competitive drive, Mark Cooper was a bit lost shortly after ending his NFL career of a productive seven years.

Like many men of his age, he turned to the usual suspects in golf and softball to fill the void of the "gameday thrill" that high-level athletes search for after leaving the game.

But everything fell short of his lofty expectations. Except for fishing.

Cooper, who grew up in Miami and has always been comfortable ...

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