Yesterday, Cooper Rush led the Dallas Cowboys to a Week 2 victory and pumped life back into the season.
It was doom and gloom after Dak Prescott fractured his thumb in Week 1. No official timeline has been set for when Prescott may return, but the seventh-year QB is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.
While Prescott is sidelined, Rush will be tasked with orchestrating the Cowboys offense. Rush will make $977,950 this year.
Let’s get to know the man who will be under center for Big D for the next few weeks.
Where did Cooper Rush play college football?
When Rush made his decision on where to play college football, he didn’t stray far from home. Rush was born in Charlotte, Michigan and attended Central Michigan which is located just 90 miles from his hometown.
Rush played at Central Michigan from 2013 to 2016 and was the Chippewas’ starting QB in all four seasons, amassing some impressive stats in the process.
In Rush’s career at Central Michigan, he threw for 12,891 yards and 90 touchdowns. Rush ranks second all-time in school history in both categories. The QB also holds the school record for most interceptions with 55.
Rush’s most notable teammate from his time at Central Michigan is New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin.
When did Cooper Rush enter the NFL?
Dallas signed Rush as an undrafted free agent in 2017, and he’s been with the team for five seasons since then.
Despite being with the Cowboys for such a long time, Rush’s start against the Cincinnati Bengals was only the second of his career. His other start came in Week 7 of the 2021 season, when the Cowboys topped the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 20-16. This means Rush has a perfect 2-0 record as a starter.
Through his career, Rush has made 12 total appearances under center. He’s thrown for 723 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Rush did have a brief stint with the New York Giants in 2020, but didn’t play in any games. Midway through the season, the Giants released Rush and the Cowboys re-signed him.
What is Cooper Rush’s salary?
Rush is currently in the final season of a two-year, $1.95 million deal with Dallas. After this season, he will be an unrestricted free agent.
Rush’s career earnings in the NFL total just under $4 million. $3.8 million of which came from the Cowboys, and $186,000 from the Giants.
How many more games will Cooper Rush start for the Cowboys?
It’s unclear when Prescott will return from his surgically repaired thumb injury suffered in Week 1. The initial assumption was Prescott would go on injured reserve and miss six to eight weeks, but Jerry Jones told the media last week that Prescott’s surgery was successful and he could return in three to four weeks.
One thing we know for sure is Rush will have a chance at revenge against his old team in Week 3 when the Cowboys take on the Giants on Monday Night Football.