Johnny Cooper is imo the best reader of the game in the country. His ability to be in the right place before a ball is even kicked is incredible. He’s also the bravest defender I’ve ever seen. To coin a phrase from Brolly about him. “He’d put his head where you wouldn’t stick a crowbar”. The man’s a warrior and I’ve never once seen him end up in a scenario where I thought he was recklessly and intentionally setting out to injure a player.
I’ve seen players such as Colm Boyle do far far worse and never be called out for it. I’ve seen Lee Keegan attempt to choke one of our players out during a game and never be called out on it. Only this weekend I seen Neil McGee repeatedly knee a player in the lower back after he was involved in a head collision. I’ll not get into some of the sledging Tyrone defenders were renowned for in the noughties.
If we’re calling out JC on here there’s a long list of players he’s in line behind to get called out on before we get to JC. JC plays hard, plays on the edge but most importantly, plays fair. Having witnessed some of the treatment some of our players have had to endure over the last few years we need lads like JC, Philly, John Small and McCarthy to keep some of our opponents honest.
In short. The man is a living legend