Dan Hellie sat down with Chris Cooley, the result of which is an awesome two-part interview on his release, his Redskins memories and what’s next.

During the conversation, Cooley revealed that he knew about his release on Monday and spent time on the sideline during practice talking to Dan Snyder and sharing memories, including one about Joe Gibbs and why he wanted Cooley on the team.

“The idea that Joe Gibbs thought I was a Mormon, a good religious kid and that’s why I came here,” Cooley said with a laugh. Snyder “laughed and said Joe came into his office six months later and said, ‘He’s not a Mormon at all.’ ”

He also said he considers Bruce Allen and Snyder good friends.

Snyder “asked me if I wanted to beat up Bruce Allen. I said ‘Nah, Bruce is too good of a friend,’ ” Cooley said.

Cooley has said he still feels like he can be an NFL starter, but would he play for the Cowboys?

”I don’t think so, but people do a lot of things for money,” he said.

Both parts of the interview are below and are most definitely worth 12 minutes of your day.

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