Spring 2021 Magazine

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins uses 'Christian conviction' to prioritize giving over spending

No one is going to say Kirk Cousins doesn’t have money.

The newly minted Minnesota Vikings quarterback was an annual centerpiece of discussions about explosive franchise-tag salaries during his run with the Washington Redskins. And when he moved to the Midwest this March, he became the first NFL player to sign a fully guaranteed contract — one worth a whopping $84 million over three years.

One look at the Cousins family, however, and you’d be hard pressed to identify them as your typical multimillionaires.

That’s according to Dan Pompei, who profiled the new Vikings signal-caller for Bleacher Report.

Famous for driving an old van and occasionally taking up residence in his in-laws’ basement, Cousins is “still the same guy” from years ago, Vikings lineman Tom Compton told Pompei. In that regard, the big-money quarterback is still conservative with his cash, making sure that “everything he buys will have a purpose.” And that mentality comes right from the Christian faith that he’s so unashamedly embraced in recent years, as Pompei writes:

The Cousins are more interested in saving and giving than spending. They established a relationship with International Justice Mission in D.C., and they will maintain that. They’re now looking for local charities to partner with.

Cousins believes God put him in the Twin Cities for a reason.

“Out of their Christian conviction, they are very committed about what they do from a giving standpoint,” Don Cousins says. “And they are responsible from a savings standpoint.”

Fresh off a youth camp where he emphasized faith as much as football, Cousins all but said as much on the Sports Spectrum podcast in April, telling Jason Romano that his life — and, thus, his life expenses — are dictated by “following Jesus.”

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