Former Lobo Daryl Chestnut bringing Amari Cooper to town for camp

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Daryl Chestnut is on to the next phase of his life. The former University of New Mexico running back is testing the waters as a trainer and is using his Frontline Elite Mini Camp to help kick off his new venture.

Chestnut is bringing his childhood friend to town to help. Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper is coming to New Mexico to co-host the camp at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho on April 6.

Cooper and Chestnut have known one another since the age of 5 when they attended a daycare called The Barnyard. The two friends continue to have a strong bond. 

“When I was in college he actually came out to Albuquerque,” said Chestnut. “He stayed at Lobo Village, slept on the couch. He was playing for the Oakland Raiders and he was sleeping on the couch.”

Chestnut said Cooper is very humble and he credits Cooper’s father for getting him involved in football.

“His dad is the guy who got all of us together,” said Chestnut. “He like, really put a football in our face and said, play football.”

Cooper will sign autographs at the camp for a half-hour after it is over.

The autographs will cost $45.00 each. The camp is $175 per camper and has two sessions. The first session has an 8 a.m. start time. For more information, go to

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