PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass during warm-ups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 21, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ThM Blog Talk Radio: An Interview with NFL Quarterback Kirk Cousins with Scott McCausey
Kirk Cousins will be the Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback for the upcoming 2015 season, coach Jay Gruden announced Monday.
ESPN reported earlier Monday that Washington’s coaching staff had informed players that Cousins would start in the Redskins’ regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Three-time team captain, Kirk Cousins is currently considered one of the most successful quarterbacks in Michigan State University history, holding MSU records for passing yards, touchdowns, completions, and more. In addition to his success on the gridiron, Kirk was named Academic All-Big Ten four years in a row, and he was selected as the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
In 2012, Kirk was drafted by the Washington Redskins, where he has continued to inspire on and off the field. He certainly became one to watch for all the fantasy football fans out there. The son of Don and MaryAnn Cousins, Kirk grew up in Holland, Michigan, with his siblings, Kyle and Karalyne.
Game Changer: Faith, Football & Finding Your Way is his first book and outlines a God-led life. Cousins gives readers an inside look at his life?as experienced under the bright lights of college and professional football?and how he puts his faith and values into action, both on and off the field.
In the book, he often points to the guidance and wisdom of his father, Don, a minister, and Bible verses are cited throughout as anchors to his messages.
Peter Wallner further adds,
From his first season as a college starter in 2009, facing Notre Dame and throwing a late interception that effectively ended the Spartans� chances:
It�s a strange feeling to make a big mistake on national TV and then to listen to people cheering it at a deafening volume. I hated having to look my coaches and teammates in the eye. � As the final seconds ticked off, I remember thinking to myself the same words that had crossed through my mind earlier on the bus: �Whatever happens today, God is still God, and I am not.�
The appendix is a transcript of Cousins� well-received speech at the 2011 Big Ten media luncheon. A central theme of it was �privilege�:
And it�s here, in this place of privilege, where perhaps danger lies. I have been taught that human nature is such that the place of privilege most often and most naturally leads to a sense of entitlement, the notion that I deserve to be treated as special, because I am privileged.
The truth is, privilege should never lead to entitlement. I�ve been raised and taught to believe that privilege should lead to responsibility� The Bible says in Luke 12:48: �From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Scott McCausey is the Director of Radio Ministries at Christian Devotions Ministries. God presented this unique challenge in January of 2010 and has since brought exciting, well-know Christian leaders to the show he hosts, Christian Devotions Speak UP! Guests have included Christian recording artists, famous authors, ministers and evangelists and famous sports celebrities, all whom share a common goal to spread the word of Jesus Christ. Scott’s day job has him formulating polyurethane systems for Innovative Polymers of St. Johns, Michigan. He has performed various duties within this company for over 23 years and his vast knowledge of chemistry helps answer technical questions and steer new programs in the right direction. At home, Scott is the father of five children. He has been married to his wife Renee for over 20 years and he leads a Family Integrated Church in the mid-Michigan area. He enjoys writing devotions, throwing frisbees, fishing and following baseball and football. Follow him at @CDSPEAKUP.