Jack Kent Cooke Quotes
Quotes made by and about Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, who died April 6:
"I am in a state of ecstasy. Never mind that nonsense about euphoria and so on, it is sheer unadulterated, uncompromising ecstasy.'' Cooke, during the locker room celebration after the Redskins won the 1983 Super Bowl.
"Having this interest here in the Redskins is the chief hobby of my life. And I would bet you that if you had your choice of any hobby in the world, an angel fairy came down and said, '[You can have anything] in the world you would like to own,' I wouldn't be surprised if you said a football club and particularly the Washington Redskins.'' Jack Kent Cooke, at the Redskins minicamp in spring 1996.
"Nobody's going to write a book about me [50 years from now], because nobody's going to find anything worth writing a book about.'' Cooke, summer 1995.
"I have spoken to many, many Indian chiefs who say they have no objection whatsoever to the nickname. As far as I'm concerned, it's a dead issue. I'm not even interested in it. The name of the Redskins will remain the Redskins.'' Jack Kent Cooke, March 1994.
"I don't intend to die.'' Cooke, quoted in Sports Illustrated, Dec. 16, 1991.
"I didn't like him as a person. Nobody did. He wouldn't let you. The man didn't know how to relax.'' Hot Rod Hundley, who worked for Cooke as a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers, from the same SI article.
"He was a tough negotiator. He wouldn't have made all his money if he had been a softy. ... I regret that he didn't live long enough to see the stadium completed. It was one of his dreams. In fact, he was almost obsessed with it.'' D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who haggled with Cooke for several years over a new stadium.
"He was one of those rare people who was a tough guy, a super-smart guy and he was always better when things were at their worst. We are all really going to miss him, particularly the people in Washington. I just sent him a letter three months ago and told him that I hoped we could spend some time in heaven, kind of share things together. He assured me that was going to be the case. I feel good about that.'' Joe Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls as Redskins coach under Cooke from 1981-1993.
"His straight-shooting style and love of the fans earned him respect and admiration throughout the sports world.'' President Clinton.
"Jack Kent Cooke will be remembered as one of the premier owners in NFL history and one of the great sportsmen and entrepreneurs of American business. A self-made man of wide-ranging talents, Jack Kent Cooke loved the game, loved to win and knew how to field a winner, including three Super Bowl championship teams.'' NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.