Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Missing NFL Players

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, NFL free agent Corey Smith and former University of South Florida football player William Bleakley are all still missing after departing for a fishing trip in Florida on Saturday. Their friend and fishing companion, former USF football player Nick Schuyler, was found yesterday clinging to their capsized boat (see pic above).

Schuyler told investigators that their anchored boat was overturned Saturday evening, and that the friends clung to it until somehow separating early Monday morning. All off the missing men were reportedly wearing life vests, which may enhance their slim chances of survival as time runs out.

Still, the coast guard is calling off their search, even as family members refuse to give up hope. “He doesn’t back down,” Bruce Cooper said of his son Marquis. “He’s just an extreme fighter. What I’m holding on to is that he’s out in the water right now, just fighting.”  [Photo: GettyImages]