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Search ends for 2 NFL players, 3rd man lost at sea

 CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - The families of 2 NFL players and a third man sent adrift in chilly seas are trying to cope with the end of the official Coast Guard search.

Crews combed thousands of square miles in the Gulf of Mexico before calling off their search for Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley.

Rescuers did pluck one survivor from the Gulf of Mexico.

The four friends had been missing since Saturday when their boat capsized during a fishing trip. Searchers spotted no signs of the men except for a cooler and a life jacket 16 miles southeast of the boat.

Bleakley's father said he thought Coast Guard rescuers did everything they could, adding he had lower expectations after only one survivor was found Monday.

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