NFL Players Among Missing Boaters

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    March 3: Ray Sanchez, a cousin of missing fisherman Marquis Cooper, right, hugs an unidentified man at the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg, Fla. after being told the search for three missing fishermen would be called off at sunset.

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    March 3: Donald Nicholson, left, a friend of missing fisherman Marquis Cooper walks with an unidentified member of Corey Smith's family at the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg, Fla. after being told the search for three missing fishermen would be called off at sunset.

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    March 3: Members of missing fisherman Corey Smith's family embrace after being told the the search for the three missing fishermen would be suspended at sunset after meeting with officials at the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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    March 3: Bruce Cooper, father of Marquis Cooper, left, hugs his nephew Ray Sanchez after speaking at a news conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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    March 2: U.S. Coast Guard Captain Timothy Close, center, briefs the media during a news conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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    March 2: In this still image taken from video, Nick Schuyler is taken from a Coast Guard helicopter to Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. The Coast Guard says former University of South Florida player Schuyler was rescued Monday off the Florida coast. Authorities say Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, Detroit Lions free agent Corey Smith and former South Florida player, William Bleakley, remain missing.

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    March 2: In this still image taken from video, Nick Schuyler is taken from a Coast Guard helicopter to Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. The Coast Guard says former University of South Florida player Schuyler was rescued Monday off the Florida coast. Authorities say Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, Detroit Lions free agent Corey Smith and former South Florida player, William Bleakley, remain missing.

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    March 2: A note to call the Clearwater police sits on the windshield of a pickup truck and boat trailer owned by NFL player Marquis Cooper parked at the Seminole St. boat ramp in Clearwater, Fla. Cooper, Corey Smith, Nick Schuyler, and Will Bleakley haven't been seen since of heard from since they left to fishing Saturday morning.

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    In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler clinging to the engine of an overturned boat in the Gulf of Mexico, as the U.S. Coast Guard approaches, Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. The other three remain missing. Schuyler told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard,HO)

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    In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler clinging to the engine of an overturned boat in the Gulf of Mexico Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. The other three remain missing. Schuyler, a former University of South Florida player, told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)

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    In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler in a basket after he was rescued by the U.S. Coast in the Gulf of Mexico Monday March 2, 2009. Schuyler, Marquis Cooper, William Buckley and Corey Smith left Clearwater, Fla, on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return. Cooper and Smith are NFL players, Buckley was a former USF players. They remain missing. Schuyler told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)

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    Coast Guard helicopter transports one of the missing boaters found alive to Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla on Monday March 2, 2009. The Coast Guard says former University of South Florida player Nick Schuyler was rescued Monday off the Florida coast. Authorities say Cooper, Detroit Lions free agent Corey Smith and former South Florida player, William Bleakley, remain missing. (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Martha Rial) ** OUT TAMPA / OUT USA TODAY / OUT HERNANDO TODAY / OUT CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE / NO MAGS, NO SALES **

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    March 2: Nick Schuyler, one of the four missing boaters, is shown being wheeled into Tampa General Hospital to check his vitals after being lost at sea since Saturday.

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    March 2: Nick Schuyler, one of the four missing boaters, was found clinging to the side of the overturned boat. The three others, including two professional football players, remain missing.

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    March 2: The overturned boat that carried four friends, including two NFL players, is seen. The Coast Guard found the boat on Monday afternoon.

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    March 2: The overturned boat that the Coast Guard has been searching for since Saturday is seen. The boat belongs to still missing NFL player Marquis Cooper.

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    March 2: The overturned boat that carried four friends and has been lost since Saturday is seen. The Coast Guard found the boat 30 miles off the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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    2007 File Photo: Marquis Cooper, now with the Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith were among four boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast.

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    2008 file photo provided by the NFL: Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith. Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Cooper were among four boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast

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    In this 2006 file photo released by the University of South Florida, Will Bleakley poses for a photograph.

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    2007: In a photo provided by Stuart Schuyler, Nick Schuyler and his girlfriend, Paula Olivera, are seen in Tampa, Fla.

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    July 31, 2006: Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Marquis Cooper (58) signs autographs between practice sessions during football training camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Cooper were among four boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast

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    Undated photo of Marquis Cooper. Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Cooper were among four boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast.

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    Undated photo of Marquis Cooper. Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Cooper were among four boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast

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    Sept. 21: Detroit Lions' Corey Smith sits on the bench in an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco.

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    Undated photo of Will Bleakley.

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    Undated photo of Will Bleakley.

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    Undated photo of Will Bleakley.

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    Undated photo of Marquis Cooper.

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    March 1: The father and stepmother of Nick Schuyler are seen at the Seminole Boat launch.

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