Mark Cooper

Retired NFL: Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneer – 

Mark has been a long-time celebrity angler with the Mercury Redbone series of tournaments in the Florida Keys and multitude of other International Destinations.   Mark hosts and emcee’s his event in Aspen, Colorado, the 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic and Emcee’s the Costa Rica Classic for the Boomer Esiason Foundation in Costa Rica and Co-hosts the Bakers Bay Bonefish Classic, Abaco, Bahamas.  Mark also Blogged for the Denver Broncos, from 2009-2011 at www.denverbroncos.com.

Mark went from the University of Miami to the Denver Broncos as a 2nd round draft pick in 1983, playing seven years in the NFL.  Playing four years with the Denver Broncos (1983-1986) and three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987-1989).  While with the Broncos, he was a member of the 1986 AFC Championship Team that played the Cleveland Browns in the famous AFC Championship game labeled “The Drive” and in SuperBowl XXI of the same season in Pasadena against the New York Giants.  Throughout his career he protected quarterbacks like Jim Kelly in college, then John Elway, Vinny Testaverde and Steve Deberg and Joe Ferguson in the NFL.

Mark grew up fishing in the Miami area as a local and now resides in Colorado with his wife and two sons.  He is involved in real estate sales throughout the Denver metro area.  He travels extensively and enjoys recreational and tournament fly fishing, outdoor writing and has been published in the Redbone Journal magazine, The Denver Post, Florida Sportsman, Traveling Sportsman, The Key West Magazine, Jet Set Magazine and ESPN Saltwater Magazine.  Mark also speaks to groups from time to time on different fishing destinations.  His Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic in Aspen raises approximately $65,000.00 each year for Cystic Fibrosis.

Published Fishing, Bar and Gourmet Articles:

  • Grand Bahama, Deepwater Cay Club, Redbone Journal, Summer/Fall 2002
  • South Florida Has Fabulous Fishing, Denver Post, November 13, 2002
  • Cuba on the Fly, Redbone Journal, Winter 2002
  • Deepwater Diversions, Redbone Journal, Summer/Fall 2003
  • Bimini’s Compleat Angler, Redbone Journal, Winter,2003
  • 2003, Colorado Rocky Mountain Fly Classic, Redbone Journal, Winter 2003
  • Cuba on Fly, excerpts in Key West Magazine, 2004
  • La Terazza, Watering Hole, Redbone Journal, Spring 2004
  • Snooks Bayside Bar, Watering Hole, Tournament Edition, 2004
  • Snooks Bayside, Gourmet Corner, Tournament Edition, 2004
  • The Tackle Box, at The Bimini Big Game Club and Resort, Watering Hole, Redbone Journal, Spring, 2005
  • 2004, Colorado Rocky Mountain Fly Classic, Redbone Journal, Spring 2005
  • The Oceanview Hotel and Sports Pub, Watering Hole, Redbone Journal, Summer 2005
  • The 2004 Mercury Cheeca Redbone, Redbone Journal, Fall 2005
  • 2005, Colorado Rocky Mountain Fly Classic, Redbone Journal, Spring 2006
  • Islamorada Fish Company in Denver, Gourmet Corner and Watering Hole, Redbone Journal, Spring 2007
  • 2006, Colorado Rocky Mountain Fly Classic, Redbone Journal, Spring, 2007
  • Trout Unlimited Jan-Feb Newsletter 2007, Latitudes with Attitudes Series, Mosquito Lagoon
  • Trout Unlimited Mar-Apr Newsletter 2007, Latitudes with Attitudes Series, Deepwater Cay
  • Deepwater Cay, Colliers Lay Claim to Deepwater Cay Title, Redbone Journal, Summer 2007
  • The Boomer Esiason Costa Rica Classic, 2007, Redbone Journal, Summer 2007
  • Trout Unlimited July Newsletter 2007, Latitudes with Attitudes Series, Tarpon Fever
  • Trout Unlimited Dec-Jan Newsletter 2007/08, Latitudes with Attitudes Series, Redfish Heaven and Donkeys
  • Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic 2008, Redbone Journal
  • Trout Unlimited Mar-Apr Newsletter 2008, Latitudes with Attitudes Series, Bang Bang Club, Andros Bahamas
  • 10 Permit in Ascension Bay, Traveling Sportsman Magazine, 1st Publication
  • Charlie Smith a fishing Legend, Redbone Journal, Summer, 2008
  • Sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/saltwater/news/story?id=4629851, The wind up, November 6, 2009
  • ESPN Spring Saltwater Magazine, Destination Islamorada, Spring 2010
  • Deepwater Cay 2009, Redbone Journal, Fall 2010
  • Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic 2009, Redbone Journal, Fall 2010
  • World-wide destinations and CF Jan/Feb Jetset Magazine, 2010
  • Costa Rica Classic, Jan/Feb Jetset Magazine, 2011
  • Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic 2010, Redbone Journal, Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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