For Jack Kent Cooke, Stadium a Lasting Memorial
On a day that seemed perfect for football, 400 mourners including former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs (pictured), turned out at an invitation-only funeral in an Upperville, Va., church to bid farewell to Jack Kent Cooke on April 10, 1997. At the service, Cooke's son, John, announced a lasting memorial to his father: The team will name its new stadium after Cooke.
Cooke's Last Will and Testament
Horse Country Neighbors Bid a Nonchalant Farewell
Cooke in Pictures
Take a look back at Jack Kent Cooke's life through pictures dating from 1959 to 1986 in our photo gallery.
People in Upperville, a sleepy part of Virginia horse country, are not exactly known has gawkers, so it was with some curiosity, but mostly nonchalance, that they greeted the luminaries present for the funeral of Jack Kent Cooke, their Middleburg neighbor.
Owning Up to Truth: Cooke Was the Best
You didn't have to spend a lot of time with Jack Kent Cooke to understand what he was, writes The Post's Michael Wilbon: the best owner in the history of sports.
Give Him a Challenge, Cooke Would Meet It
Throughout his life, Jack Kent Cooke had lofty dreams and an ego to match, wrote Shirley Povich. But there was no one better at turning those dreams into reality.
In His Own Way, the Squire Was a Real Prince
Jack Kent Cooke may not have been liked by all, but he sure liked being Jack Kent Cooke, writes Post columnist Tony Kornheiser.
"He brought us the greatest 10 years of football this city has ever known or probably ever will know."
Ex-Redskin Sam Huff on Cooke
SHAPIRO: A Difficult but Happy Man | JUSTICE: Building With Trust
Quietly, John Kent Cooke Heads
Into the Glare of the Spotlight
After decades of quiet service to the Redskins, John Kent Cooke Sr. Jack's only surviving son is expected to inherit control of a family estate valued by Forbes magazine at $825 million. That will almost surely thrust him into a spotlight he never has been comfortable with. While John has his father's blue eyes, he does not possess his imperious personality.
Cooke's Legacy Includes Redskins' Stable Future
The death of Jack Kent Cooke comes soon after he took steps to ensure the stability of the Redskins by signing Coach Norv Turner and General Manager Charley Casserly to contract extensions. So there's little reason to believe the transition to John Kent Cooke's control will be anything but seamless.
Redskins' Family Mourns a Monumental Loss
GM Charley Casserly (pictured) and Coach Norv Turner mourned the loss of Jack Kent Cooke on April 7, remembering the good times and the lessons learned.
Cooke Remembered With Respect, Exasperation
Jack Kent Cooke may not have held political office, but he brushed shoulders with just about everyone who did. Those he encountered remembered him with respect and some exasperation.
"He was the most positive man I ever met, but he didn't make all that money by being a nice guy all the time."
Ex-Redskin Mark Moseley|
At New Stadium, Workers Pay Tribute | Fans Carry Fond Memories
A True Washington Monument
TWP File Photo
He went from a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman to a giant of the business world, leaving behind holdings estimated at between $700 million and $1.2 billion. But more importantly, Jack Kent Cooke did it his way.
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