‘Three steps ahead’: How Cowboys’ Amari Cooper leverages chess, Rubik’s Cube to outwit defenders
Cooper began preying on defensive backs in the Dallas locker room last season. Sometimes, he’ll ask one he’s just beaten on a route in practice, “You ready?” before they re-engage in a chess battle. Teammates say Cooper is the most skilled of the five Cowboys players who now joke they have a chess club. Awuzie says he isn’t losing as much as he did in the fall. Still, he has only bested Cooper 13 times in 60 attempts.