In this week’s edition of “Where are they now Wednesday” we are catching up with the Cookie Monster, Darwin Cook.
Cook played for the West Virginia from 2010-2013 and was a versatile player for the Mountaineers. He finished his career at WVU with 49 games played, 170 solo tackles, 2.0 sacks, 5 interceptions and 2 touchdowns (interception and a fumble return).
Cook says that his favorite moment of playing for the Mountaineers was “running out of the tunnel with my brothers every Saturday”.
One of his most memorable plays came from the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson. Cook recovered a fumble on the one yard line by Clemson RB Andre Ellington and returned it 99 yards for a Mountaineer touchdown.
When asked what he gets asked more about the fumble return or the incident with Obie the Orange, he replied “Tackling the orange, everyone wants to know the play-by-play and I don’t have a problem telling [them].”
Cook had a stint in the NFL after being signed by his hometown Cleveland Browns. He was waived with an injury settlement. Regarding the Browns, Cook says he wishes it could have worked out differently but it was a cool experience being with his hometown team.
Cook also gave his opinions on the recent WVU season saying that the team played through a lot of adversity and that Tony [Gibson] stood out to him more than any player could. Cook says that Gibson was consistent with his coaching every week dealing with injuries on the team, calling him the “head man”.
Cook now works in the IT department at the Pentagon. You can find him on Twitter at @D_Cook25.