Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

QB Kirk Cousins is going to make some new community really happy

The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs made the first big move of the NFL offseason Tuesday night, when the Chiefs sent quarterback Alex Smith to Washington. That means Kirk Cousins, the Redskins’ starter the past three years and in the organization his entire six-year career, will find a new home.

Whichever team wins the Cousins sweepstakes will love the high-character guy they’re adding to their squad. He makes special effort to remember the names and faces of media members he encounters regularly, he compliments opponents after they hit him, and he’s a devout follower of Jesus.

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His cleats this past fall for the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign highlighted International Justice Mission, which is a global Christian organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.

The son of a pastor, Cousins has been a leader and speaker in Redskins team chapels and Bible studies. He has even kept a Bible verse taped inside his locker: Matthew 6:19-34, which begins, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Tons of rumors are now floating around the league as to where Cousins will end up, because he’s a pretty good quarterback too. He’s thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns since he became a full-time starter three years ago.

You can be sure Jesus will be involved in his decision on where to play next. He’s been a topic of discussion the past three years as he’s been in contract negotiations with the Redskins, and he’ll continue to be in the news until his new home is found.

“What rarely ever gets reported is that ultimately this decision is not about anything more importantly than my faith,” Cousins said last summer. “My faith is ultimately driving this decision. Do I feel like the Lord is leading me to make this decision or that decision and where does he give me peace?”

The whole league will be watching where the Lord leads him.

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