Families Launch Private Search for NFL Players

Coast Guard search was called off yesterday, and they were presumed dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 4, 2009 5:14 PM CST
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 on Monday.   (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, HO)
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(Newser) – The families of the missing football players aren't giving up. Private boats and planes were searching today for two NFL players and a third man after the Coast Guard called off its search yesterday. The men—Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley—went missing four days ago, when their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.