Kirk Cousins

Kirk Daniel Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans from 2009 to 2011. Cousins was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Originally drafted as a backup to fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, he occasionally appeared in games during his first three seasons with the team. In 2015, Cousins replaced an injured Griffin and remained the team’s starter until 2017. With the Redskins, Cousins set numerous franchise records and appeared in the 2017 Pro Bowl. After two years of signing franchise tags, he signed a fully guaranteed three-year US$84 million contract with the Vikings as a free agent in 2018.

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Summary Kirk CousinsKirk Daniel Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans from 2009 to 2011. Cousins was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Originally drafted as a backup to fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, he occasionally appeared in games during his first three seasons with the team. In 2015, Cousins replaced an injured Griffin that preseason and remained the team’s starter until 2017. With the Redskins, Cousins set numerous franchise records and appeared in the 2017 Pro Bowl. After two years of signing franchise tags, he signed a fully guaranteed three-year US$84 million contract with the Vikings as a free agent in 2018. Cousins ranks third all-time in completion percentage with at least 1,500 pass attempts, and is sixth in the NFL’s all- time regular season career passer rating. Cousins is the son of Don Cousins, a senior pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, Florida, and Maryann Cousins. He is the second of three children. He attended Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, where he starred in football, baseball, and basketball for the Maroons athletic teams. He broke his ankle in his junior year and was forced to attend camps in order to make an impression with recruiting colleges. After high school, Cousins was set to sign with Toledo or Western Michigan, until Mark Dantonio became the head coach at Michigan State in 2007.

He accepted a scholarship to Michigan State, which he accepted. He was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches, and played his final game as a Michigan State Spartan on January 2, 2012 defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl. His teams posted an undefeated 4–0 record against the in-state rival Michigan Wolverines. In 2010, he led Michigan State to an 11–2 record and a share of the Big Ten Championship. In 2011, the Spartans went 11–3 and played in the first ever Big Ten championship game. In the fourth and final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cousins completed 15 of 27 passes for 222 yards as the Buccaneers won 30–3. He made his NFL debut in the third quarter of a Week 5 loss to Atlanta Falcons after Griffin suffered a concussion. On the final drive of the game, Cousins threw an 11-yard pass to Pierre Garçon with 29 seconds remaining to bring the Redskins down with 8 points to bring them within 2 points of the Ravens. The Redskins acquired the Griffin III pick by giving the St. Louis Rams four high-value draft picks over three years. The team drafted Heath Shuler with the third overall pick and later drafted Gus Frerotte in the seventh round. The pick surprised many analysts, as the Redskins had drafted 2011 Heisman Trophy winner RobertGriffin III with the second overall pick to be their franchise quarterback. Cousins won the 2011 Lowes’s Senior CLASS Award. He also participated in the Athletes in Action sports ministry.