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Tank Johnson asks for public's help in missing boaters search

The Coast Guard has called off its search for two NFL players and a third man, missing at sea.

But one family and one Dallas Cowboy is not giving up on their search.

Cowboys defensive tackle Terry ''Tank'' Johnson is a childhood friend and former college teammate of Marquis Cooper.

A linebacker with the Oakland Raiders, Cooper along with Detroit Lion Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley went missing Saturday night when their boat capsized in rough waters off the coast of Florida.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Tank Johnson asked for the public's help in continuing their own search.  

"What we are asking for is experienced aviation pilots who are interested in helping us find the remains if not Marquis floating on the water and Corey and the other gentleman," Johnson said.

"Anything can happen, stranger things have happened and we still have faith," he said. "If nothing else, get the remains back so we can have our family service and move on with closure in our life and that chapter. But these are people who we love dearly."

Monday, Nick Schuyler was rescued, found clinging to the men's capsized boat.

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