Thurlow ":Coop": Cooper, a former
University of Maine football star who was drafted by the Cleveland
Browns, has died at the age of 74.
Cooper, who died Thursday at Maine Medical Center, played end
for the Black Bears and was team captain when he was drafted in
1956. He elected to return to school for his senior year before
going to the pros.
Although he was dropped from the Cleveland roster before the
season started, Cooper was picked up as a linebacker by the New
York Giants in 1959 and was signed the following year by the
struggling New York Titans, later to become the Jets.
Cooper later settled in Falmouth and began a career as a sales