So here is a funny downtime story of Washington Redskins player Chris Cooley pranking Carson Palmer. This was from a podcast done by Rich Eisen of the NFL network and transcribed on the Official Redskins Blog. However, having to do with Carson Palmer I thought it would be relevant here.
Cooley has a history of prank calling players (Jay Feely – AJ Feeley) and decided Carson was prime for the taking.
So I tried to call [reportedly disgruntled Bengals QB] Carson Palmer, but I just got to voicemail. In all of these sequence of calls that I made, I only got to voicemail. I hate call-screeners. I tried to do my best John Elway voice.
I told him I was [Broncos executive VP] John Elway, and I said ‘Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you, I want you out here in Denver. And I know I shouldn’t be calling you, we can’t talk. You gotta keep it down. But we’re gonna make this work.’
So then I laugh for a minute, turn right around and call John Elway back. I talk to John. This is my childhood idol, by the way, and I said, ‘Hey, it’s Carson. I got your message and I hate Cincinnati, I don’t wanna be here. I’d love to come out to Denver.’ I mean, I accentuated these calls a bit, I’m giving you the short version.
Then I called [Broncos coach] John Fox [as Carson Palmer], and left three messages. And said, ‘John, got your number from a friend. I cannot get a hold of Elway, he left me a message, talking about coming out there. I know this isn’t the right time, but if you’ve got anything, if you know anything, call me.’
And then, to finish the sequence, I called [Bengals head coach] Marvin Lewis. I really made these calls. I said ‘Listen, I’d prefer to be an unnamed General Manager,’ but in the background I had someone yell ‘Hey Bruce!’ And I said, ‘There’s just a lot of tampering going on between the Denver Broncos and your quarterback.’
Then I actually went ahead and tweeted to Chad Ochocinco, from my twitter account (@thecooleyzone), I said ‘I heard Carson Palmer’s going to Denver. Is there any truth to that?’ That was fun! He didn’t respond. I don’t know why he didn’t respond.”
No, I got a couple calls back. No message. I don’t know who called back. I’m gonna say that it was probably Carson Palmer that called me back. I didn’t speak to any of them. But it was fun, it was a good time, it was all in good fun. I left my number to all the calls, so I mean, they can feel free to call me when the lockout’s over, and tell me I’m a [jerk].