Brandin Cooks

Brandin Tawan Cooks (born September 25, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State, where he received All-American recognition in 2013.

Brandin Cooks
Cooks runs with the football as a member of the New Orleans Saints during an August 2015 preseason game vs. the Baltimore Ravens.
Cooks with the New Orleans Saints in 2015
No. 12 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:September 25, 1993 (age 25)
Stockton, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Lincoln (Stockton, California)
College:Oregon State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:360
Receiving yards:5,147
Rushing yards:229
Return yards:61
Total touchdowns:34
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Cooks was born to Worth Cooks Sr. and Andrea Cooks on September 25, 1993. Worth died of a heart attack when Brandin was 6 years old and Cooks and his three brothers, Fred, Worth Jr., and Andre, were thereafter raised by Andrea.[1] He attended Lincoln High School in Stockton, California, where he played high school football for the Trojans.[2][3] As a sophomore, he recorded 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, he had 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also collecting three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. As a senior, he had 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooks was ranked by the Rivals.com recruiting network as the 26th-best wide receiver and the 240th overall prospect in his class.[4] He originally committed to play college football at the UCLA but changed to Oregon State University.[5][6] In addition to football, Cooks played basketball and ran track in high school.

College career

Cooks played at Oregon State from 2011 to 2013 under head coach Mike Riley.[7] As a true freshman in 2011, he played in all 12 games with three starts. He finished the season with 31 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a kick returner averaging 22.4 yards a return.[8] As a sophomore in 2012, he had 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns.[9] The combination of Cooks and Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and Oregon State history. The two players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns in the 2012 season.[10]

During his junior year in 2013, he had 128 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns.[11][12] Cooks's receptions and receiving yards were Pac-12 records.[13][14][15] He was held to under 100 yards only four times and exceeded 200 yards in a game twice, against Utah and California.[16][17][18] At the end of the season, he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus All-American.[19][20] He was the second Oregon State player to win the Biletnikoff Award, the first being Mike Hass in 2005.[21]

On January 2, 2014, Cooks announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[22]

In addition to football, Cooks ran track at Oregon State. He earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the 2012 UW Invitational, clocking a personal-best time of 6.81 seconds.[23]

College statistics

Brandin Cooks Receiving Rushing
Year GP Rec Yds Avg Long 100+ 200+ TD Avg/G Att Yds Avg TD
2011 12 31 391 12.6 59 0 0 3 32.6 10 41 4.1 0
2012 13 67 1,151 17.2 75 5 0 5 95.9 19 82 4.3 0
2013 13 128 1,730 13.5 55 8 2 16 133 32 217 6.8 2
Total 226 3,272 14.5 75 13 2 24 86.1 61 340 5.6 2

Collegiate awards and honors

  • Biletnikoff Award (2013)
  • Consensus All-American (2013)[24]
  • Hawaii Bowl Champion (2013)[25]
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2013)
  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012)
  • Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a single season (2013)
  • 1st all-time career receiving touchdowns at Oregon State (24 touchdowns)[26]
  • 3rd all-time career receiving yards at Oregon State (3,272 yards)
  • 2013 NCAA leader in receiving yards (1,730 yards) [27]
  • 2013 Pac-12 leader in receiving touchdowns (16 touchdowns)[28]
  • 2013 Pac-12 leader in receptions (128 receptions)[28]
  • 2012 Pac-12 leader in yards per reception (17.2 yards)[28]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
189 lb
(86 kg)
4.33 s 1.53 s 2.50 s 3.81 s 6.76 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Cooks was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the 20th overall pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft; the Saints traded up from the 27th spot, giving their first and third-round picks to the Arizona Cardinals in return for Arizona's first-round pick, in order to get Cooks.[29] On May 18, 2014, the Saints signed Cooks to a four-year contract worth $8.3 million.[30]

New Orleans Saints

2014 season: Rookie year

In his first career game, Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and had one rush for 18 yards in a 37–34 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.[31][32][33] This made Cooks the youngest player, at 20 years and 347 days, to catch a touchdown pass since Reidel Anthony on September 28, 1997, at 20 years and 343 days.[34] Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns before breaking his thumb in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, ending his season.[35]

2015 season

Cooks began the 2015 season as the number-one wide receiver for the Saints. Cooks caught for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in his career in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he had five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.[36] In Weeks 15 and 16 combined, Cooks had 15 catches for 247 yards and two receiving touchdowns against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.[37][38] He finished the 2015 season with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the Saints in all of those categories.[39]

2016 season

Before the 2016 season, Cooks was pegged as a breakout candidate by ESPN.[40] He lived up to the pre-season hype when he caught six passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 35–34 loss against the Oakland Raiders. He caught a 98-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to set the Saints' franchise record for longest play. Cooks, along with Willie Snead IV and rookie Michael Thomas, finished the day with 373 receiving yards combined, the most ever by a New Orleans trio in a loss.[41]= Following a Week 12 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams, in which he was not targeted for a single pass, Cooks voiced his frustration by saying, "Closed mouths don't get fed."[42] Cooks set a new career-high in receiving yards with 1,173, and while his targets dropped from 129 in 2015 to 117 in 2016, his 10.0 yards per target ranked sixth among NFL wide receivers.[43][44]

New England Patriots

On March 10, 2017, the New England Patriots traded their 2017 first-round (used on Ryan Ramczyk) and third-round draft picks (one was originally acquired from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Jamie Collins) to the Saints for Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.[45][46][47][48] On April 29, 2017, the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option on Cooks' contract.[49]

On September 7, 2017, Cooks made his Patriots debut against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Kickoff Game. He had three receptions for 88 yards in the 42–27 loss.[50] In Week 3, Cooks had five receptions for 131 yards and scored his first two touchdowns as a member of the Patriots, including a 25-yard game winner with 23 seconds to go in a 36–33 win over the Houston Texans; after the game-winning touchdown he also scored on the ensuing two-point conversion.[51] During Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca, Cooks had six receptions for 149 receiving yards and a season long 64-yard touchdown in a 33–8 victory.[52] Through Week 12 of the 2017 season, Cooks led all players in receptions of 40+ yards, with six.[53] Overall, Cooks finished the 2017 regular season with 65 receptions for 1,082 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.[54]

The Patriots finished atop the AFC East and earned the #1-seed in the AFC. In the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans, Cooks had three receptions for 32 yards in the 35–14 victory.[55] In the AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had six receptions for 100 yards in the 24–20 victory.[56] During Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles, he caught one pass for 23 yards, but left the game early in the second quarter with a concussion after absorbing a hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. He was placed on concussion protocol and took no further part in the Super Bowl as the Patriots lost to the Eagles 41–33.[57][58]

Los Angeles Rams

On April 3, 2018, the New England Patriots traded Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a first round pick (used on Isaiah Wynn) and a sixth-round pick.[59] This also reunited him with former Oregon State teammate Sean Mannion. On July 17, 2018, Cooks signed a five-year, $81 million extension with the Rams with $20.5 million guaranteed.[60]

2018 season

In his first game with the Rams, Cooks caught five passes for 87 yards as the Rams defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 33-13 on Monday Night Football. During Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, Cooks finished with seven receptions for 159 receiving yards as the Rams beat the Cardinals 34-0.[61] In Week 4, a 38–31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Cooks had seven receptions for 116 receiving yards and a touchdown.[62] During a 36-31 victory in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, Cooks caught ten passes for 100 yards and rushed for a nine-yard touchdown. In the regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, Cooks caught five passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams won 48-32. The Rams finished atop the NFC West and earned the #2-seed for the NFC Playoffs.[63] In the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys, Cooks recorded four catches for 65 yards in a 30-22 victory. In the NFC Championship Game against Cooks's former team, the New Orleans Saints, Cooks recorded seven catches for 107 yards in a 26-23 overtime victory to reach Super Bowl LIII. It was Cooks's second straight Super Bowl appearance and the Rams faced off against Cooks' former team, the New England Patriots. In the Super Bowl, Cooks had eight catches for 120 yards but the Rams lost 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history.[64]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 NO 10 7 53 550 10.4 50T 3 7 73 10.4 28 1 1 0
2015 NO 16 12 84 1,138 13.5 71T 9 8 18 2.3 11 0 1 0
2016 NO 16 12 78 1,173 15.0 98T 8 6 30 5.0 11 0 1 0
2017 NE 16 15 65 1,082 16.6 64T 7 9 40 4.4 13 0 0 0
2018 LAR 16 16 80 1,204 15.1 57 5 10 68 6.8 17 1 1 0
Total 74 62 360 5,147 14.3 98T 32 40 229 5.7 28 2 4 0

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2017 NE 3 3 10 155 15.5 31 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 0
2018 LAR 3 3 19 292 15.4 36 0 1 5 5.0 5 0 0 0
Total 6 6 29 447 15.4 36 0 2 6 3.0 5 0 0 0

NFL records

  • First player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different teams[65]

Saints franchise records

  • Longest touchdown reception (98 yards)[66]

Personal life

Cooks is a Christian.[67] He followed big plays in the 2016 season with a bow-and-arrow motion, referencing a Bible verse in which a boy named Ishmael used his archery skills to survive in the desert after he nearly died there without water.[68]

Cooks married his girlfriend, Briannon Lepman, on July 7, 2018.[69][70][71]

See also

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2011 Oregon State Beavers football team

The 2011 Oregon State Beavers football team represented Oregon State University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Mike Riley, in his ninth straight season and eleventh overall. Home games were played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, and they are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. The Beavers finished the season 3–9, 3–6 in Pac-12 play to finish in fifth place in the North Division.

2013 All-Pac-12 Conference football team

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2013 Hawaii Bowl

The 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 24, 2013, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The twelfth edition of the Hawaii Bowl, sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, featured the Boise State Broncos from the Mountain West Conference against the Oregon State Beavers from the Pac-12 Conference. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. It began at 3:00 p.m. HST (8:00 p.m. EST) and aired on ESPN. Oregon State defeated Boise State, 38–23.

2013 Oregon State Beavers football team

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2013 Utah Utes football team

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2017 New England Patriots season

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The New England Patriots entered the season as the defending champions of Super Bowl LI. They failed to match their 14–2 record from last season with their Week 14 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Despite that, in Week 15, the Patriots secured their 9th consecutive AFC East title, their 15th of the last 17 seasons, with their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. With their win over the Buffalo Bills in week 16, the Patriots obtained their 8th consecutive 12-or-more win season stretching all the way from 2010, an NFL record. Their Week 17 victory over the New York Jets clinched their top seed in the AFC for the second straight year, thus giving the Patriots home-field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs for the second year in a row.The Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round 35–14, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game 24–20, claiming their second consecutive AFC title. This was their seventh consecutive AFC Championship appearance, adding onto their record from the previous year. The win also made Tom Brady the oldest quarterback (40 years, 163 days) to win a playoff game, surpassing Brett Favre for the record. It was also the second time they advanced to the Super Bowl two consecutive seasons since 2004. They faced the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. This also made the Patriots the only team in NFL history to appear in ten Super Bowls, and gave the Patriots a chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions for the second time in franchise history, and for the first time since 2004. In addition, they had the chance to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the record of most Super Bowl wins by a team in NFL history with 6. However, due to a late strip-sack of Brady by Brandon Graham and a failed Hail Mary pass, the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII by 41–33, ending the Patriots chance at a sixth Super Bowl title and resulting in their first Super Bowl loss since 2011. The loss prevented the Patriots from repeating their three-in-four Super Bowl run that they managed from 2001–2004. Also with the loss, the Patriots tied the NFL record for most Super Bowl losses with five, and made them the fifth defending Super Bowl champion to lose the next year's game, after the 1978 Dallas Cowboys, the 1983 Washington Redskins, the 1997 Green Bay Packers, and the 2014 Seattle Seahawks.

2018 Kansas City Chiefs–Los Angeles Rams game

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2018 Los Angeles Rams season

The 2018 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 81st in the National Football League, their 82nd overall, their 52nd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their second under head coach Sean McVay.

The Rams improved on their 11–5 record from the 2017 season, which ended the franchise's 12-year playoff drought. Los Angeles was victorious in its first eight games of the season (the team's best start since 1969) before the Rams suffered their first loss to the Saints in Week 9.

After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 54–51 in Week 11 in the third highest-scoring game in NFL history, and a 30–16 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 13, the Rams clinched the NFC West for the second consecutive year, giving Los Angeles its first back-to-back division titles since the 1978 and 1979 seasons. With that victory, the Rams clinched consecutive playoff berths for the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons, when the franchise was based in St. Louis. Following wins over the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers in the final two weeks, the Rams ended the regular season tied with New Orleans for the NFL's best record at 13–3. The 13 regular season victories was tied for the second-most in franchise history and is the most-ever wins in a season for a Los Angeles-based professional football team.

The Rams started their playoff run by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 30–22 in the Divisional round, their first home playoff win in Los Angeles since 1985 and their first home playoff win since 2001 against the Packers while they were based in St. Louis. This would be their first NFC Championship Game appearance since 2001, and their first as the Los Angeles Rams since 1989 (and first while playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1979). The Rams then defeated the number 1 seed New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game 26–23 in overtime, a game which featured a controversial no-call on an apparent pass interference by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman. By defeating the Saints, the Rams advanced to Super Bowl LIII, where they faced the New England Patriots. The two teams previously met in Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the Patriots defeated the then-St. Louis Rams 20–17. This is the Rams' first Super Bowl appearance since that game and first based in Los Angeles since Super Bowl XIV in 1979. Playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, also where the Rams won their first Super Bowl title in 2000. The Rams lost to the Patriots 13–3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history.

Brandin

Brandin is both a given name and a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Brandin Bryant (born 1993), American football player

Brandin Cooks (born 1993), American football player

Brandin Cote (born 1981), Canadian ice hockey player

Brandin Knight (born 1981), American basketball player

Maria Brandin (born 1963), Swedish rower

Fred Biletnikoff Award

The Fred Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the outstanding receiver in American college football by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. (TQCF), an independent not-for-profit organization. The award was created by the Tallahasee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. in 1994. The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, who played college football at Florida State University and professionally with the Oakland Raiders. Any NCAA Division I FBS player who catches the football through the forward pass is eligible to be selected as the award winner, although every winner since 1994 has been a wide receiver. A national selection committee consisting of over 540 journalists, commentators, broadcasters, and former players selects the award winner. No member of the board of trustees of the foundation has a vote.

Isaiah Wynn

Isaiah Emmanuel Wynn (born December 10, 1996) is an American football offensive tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia.

List of New Orleans Saints first-round draft picks

The New Orleans Saints joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1967 and first participated in the 1967 NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft. In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually seeks to add new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second-worst picking second and so on. The team which wins the Super Bowl receives the last pick in the subsequent Draft, with the penultimate pick going to the losing team. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.In the 1967 NFL Draft, the Saints had two first-round picks; first and last. They traded away the first overall pick to the Baltimore Colts, while with the 26th pick, they selected Leslie Kelley, a running back from Alabama. The Saints have selected first overall once, drafting George Rogers in 1981, second overall twice, drafting Archie Manning in 1971 and Reggie Bush in 2006, and third overall once, drafting Wes Chandler in 1978. The team's most recent first-round selections was defensive end Marcus Davenport.

List of people from Stockton, California

This is a list of notable past and present residents of the U.S. city of Stockton, California, and its surrounding metropolitan area. People born in Stockton are printed in bold.

Michael Thomas (wide receiver, born 1993)

Michael William Thomas Jr. (born March 3, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State University. Thomas holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through his first three seasons, with 321. Thomas led the league in receptions in the 2018 season.

Oregon State Beavers football

The Oregon State Beavers football team represents Oregon State University in NCAA Division I FBS college football. The team first fielded an organized football team in 1893 and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference's North Division. Jonathan Smith has been the head coach since November 29, 2017. Their home games are played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Oregon State Beavers football statistical leaders

The Oregon State Beavers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Oregon State Beavers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Beavers represent Oregon State University in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although Oregon State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1893, the school's official record book doesn't generally list statistics from before the 1950s, as records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1950s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Beavers have played in 9 bowl games since this decision, allowing many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2018 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Los Angeles Rams, 13–3. The game was played on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the first Super Bowl played at that stadium, and the third one held in Atlanta.

The Patriots' victory was their sixth, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships. New England, after finishing the regular season with a 11–5 record, advanced to their 11th Super Bowl appearance, their fourth in five years, and their ninth under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams, who finishing the regular season with a 13–3 record under 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay and third-year quarterback Jared Goff, made their fourth Super Bowl appearance overall, and their first one since moving back from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016. Super Bowl LIII was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, a 20–17 Patriots win over the Rams that gave the Belichick–Brady tandem its first Super Bowl championship. With the Rams now playing in Los Angeles, Super Bowl LIII marked the first Super Bowl appearance of a Los Angeles-based team since the then-Los Angeles Raiders' victory in Super Bowl XVIII. This marked the 14th meeting in a major sports championship between the Los Angeles and Greater Boston areas.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, eclipsing the previous record of 14–7 held by Super Bowl VII, and the lowest-scoring league championship contest since a 14–0 score was recorded during the 1949 NFL Championship Game. It also marked the first Super Bowl with no touchdowns scored by either team in the first three quarters, as the Patriots and the Rams held the contest to a 3–3 tie as they entered the fourth quarter. New England then scored 10 unanswered points for the victory, as their lone touchdown tied them with the New York Jets in Super Bowl III for the fewest touchdowns by a winning Super Bowl team. The Rams ended up as only the second losing team to not score a touchdown, joining the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP.The broadcast of the game on CBS had the smallest Super Bowl audience in 10 years. The halftime show was headlined by U.S. pop group Maroon 5, joined by rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as guests.

Trey Hendrickson

Trey Hendrickson (born December 5, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida Atlantic.

Willie Snead IV

Willie Lee Snead IV (born October 17, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played college football at Ball State.

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