Spring 2021 Magazine

Rams' Brandin Cooks gives glory, honor to God after Super Bowl LIII loss

Brandin Cooks did what he could to help the Los Angeles Rams win.

The former New England Patriots wide receiver hauled in eight passes for 120 yards against his old team in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, and if not for a late release by quarterback Jared Goff at one point, he may have had a deep touchdown as well. But it still wasn’t enough to lift the Rams off the ground. Stifled by New England’s defense in the lowest-scoring NFL championship of the Lombardi Trophy era, L.A. managed just three points in Atlanta, falling to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and a Patriots regime that now has six Super Bowl rings to its name.

It was the second straight Super Bowl that Cooks finished on the losing sideline. In February 2018, he played for the Pats during the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 upset.

Yet Cooks didn’t hang his head after the Rams’ loss on Sunday night. Instead, for the second year in a row, he redirected attention to God.

“Lord, I love you beyond words!” he tweeted after the game. “I hope someone was saved tonight through all circumstances. May you shine bright through it all. For your honor, your glory and your praise.”

A devout Christian who has used Twitter all season to proclaim his faith in Jesus, Cooks was equally open about his trust in God before Sunday’s game, telling Sports Spectrum during pre-game press conferences about his commitment to the Lord.

“At the end of the day, you talk about where I come from and where He’s brought me from,” he explained, “like, we all know we’re born sinners. And (I’m) still not perfect, but His grace is unbelievable, and I rest in that as much as I can. And I think that’s the most important thing in life. You know, we’re never going to be perfect, but that’s why Jesus died on the cross for us, to be able to die for our sins and wash us clean with his blood … I try to give Him all the glory I can.”

Originally a first-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, Cooks spent the first three years of his NFL career catching passes from Drew Brees. He spent one season with the Patriots, in 2017, after being acquired in a trade, then joined the Rams via trade prior to the 2018 campaign. The former Oregon State standout has posted four straight 1,000-yard seasons since 2015.

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