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Now he must look ahead.

“The thing I remember the most is going to the Super Bowl and watching the Saints run out of the tunnel,” he said. “I watched those guys run out of the tunnel and thought nothing would ever compare to that. Nothing would beat the feeling of running onto the field to play the Super Bowl and being apart of the team that won the Super Bowl.

“But I’ve been here so long, and this has been such an important part of my life, Washington D.C., I live in Leesburg. I don’t want to run through the tunnel in another uniform. I don’t want to finish my career looking at a team that can win the Super Bowl and say I want to go anywhere just to win the Super Bowl. This will be the only team I care about the rest of my life, and I want to do it with this team.”

He won’t go on this weekend’s road trip because he doesn’t want to have to walk around Toronto on crutches, but he plans on attending all of Washington’s other road games.

And if the Redskins happen to make it to the Super Bowl? Cooley smiled.

“I told Mike if we get to the NFC championship and we get to the Super Bowl, I’m going to come into his office and choke him,” he joked.