Kirk Cousins is noted as one of the National Football League (NFL) players with long hands, just like Russell Wilson. He stood out amongst his peers during his days with the Washington Redskins before he joined the Minnesota Vikings where he is set to do more. Prior to his professional career, he wowed his coaches and fans as part of the Michigan State Spartans. Here are all the details you should know about him.
Kirk Cousins’ Early Life
Kirk was born to a clergy who serves as a pastor at Discovery church located in Orlando. He was born as Kirk Daniel Cousins on August 19, 1988, in Barrington Illinois. His parents are Don and Maryann Cousins. He is one of three children and the second of the trio.
For his educational pursuit, he schooled at Holland Christain High School, there, he began to plan his career as an athlete. During his days at high school, he participated in different sports activities including the game of football, baseball, and basketball. As time went on, he chose the path of a footballer over the rest. Through his days in high school as a quarterback, he recorded 3,204 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, in addition to 8 interceptions. He furthered his studies at Michigan State University, majored in Kinesiology and was also an active player for the Michigan State Spartans.
After his collegiate career, he was picked by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
After joining the Redskins, in his preseason, he played in a game against the Chicago Bears and recorded three touchdown passes, leading to a 33-31 victory. Afterwards, he partook in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and finished 15 out of 27 passes for 222 yards which led to a 30-3 victory. With this performance, he was named the backup quarterback.
Kirk Cousins’s first regular appearance was in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Redskins gave their best shot but lost to the Falcons. In that game, he recorded his first career touchdown pass on a 77-yard pass with 2 interceptions. Later on, Kirk appeared in a game against the Baltimore Ravens, he finished 2-2, recording an 11-yard touchdown pass.
The following week, after the tough ride with the Ravens, Kirk Cousins played as a starter for the game against the Cleveland Browns. He finished the game with 329 yards, acquiring 2 touchdown passes which lead to a victory against the Browns. Just a few days after the victory, he received the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the week honors. Throughout his first season with the redskins, he featured in three games, recorded 466 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
In the 2013 season, Kirk Cousins played in a few games, he was listed as the starting quarterback of the season and in the following year, he played against the Falcons and finished 29 out of 45 for 381 yards with three touchdowns in addition to two interceptions. In total that year, he played in five games and totaled 854 passing yards with four touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
They later played against the Philadephia Eagles and Cousins threw 427 yards but the team lost to the Eagles. On and on, he continued to appear for the team and recorded a lot of wins and losses alike.
In the year 2018, precisely on the 15th of March, the Minnesota Vikings welcomed Kirk Cousins to the team after he signed a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth 84 million USD with them. He made his first appearance with the team in a victory against the San Francisco 49ners where he recorded 244 yards in addition to two touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins is a married man. He may be pursuing his career as a footballer but he is also a man who loves to be with his family. He walked down the aisle with a lady named Julie Hampton in June 2014 and ever since they tied the knots, there hasn’t been any news of divorce or crisis in their marriage.
Julie works as an elementary teacher and it was on one of those days she was performing her duties as a teacher that she met Kirk. We wouldn’t say that their relationship was publicized but they didn’t hide the news of their engagement. He popped the question on November 22, 2013.
Three years after their union, they welcomed their baby boy, Cooper in September 2017. The couple is said to be involved in charity works and are also fans of animal advocacy.
Having played the game of football professionally for so many years, we bet that Kirk Cousin has made an enormous wealth from his career. His current contract with the Vikings has surely topped many lisst, not forgetting the profits he makes from animal adoption. He is currently estimated to be worth $50 million.
Height And Weight
The quarterback’s body build has always been applauded for its perfection. Though his body structure has taken a part of the acclaim, he is also noted for his arm length which is said to be 31 3/4″ and hand size which measures up to 9 7/8″, making him one of the players with the longest and biggest hands in the NFL. He stands at a height of 1.91 m and weighs 95 kg.