July 24, 1996 |
For as long as he has been in football, Lamart Cooper has heard the remarks. "He's too small," they said. "He'll never survive," they cautioned. "He doesn't fit into our plans," they explained. Ah, recognizing football talent can be such a precise science, can't it? The formulas are so clear, the parameters so well defined. But every now and then, along comes someone like Cooper to alter those preconceived ideas of what a football player should look like.