Catching Up With Kirk Cousins
Our customers have been saving money on their oil changes on Tuesdays this football season with Touchdowns for Markdowns, which knocks $2 off for every touchdown Kirk Cousins throws and $5 for every one he rushes. You can find this week’s recap here. Kirk is also well-known among our readers for his grandfather’s van, which he brings in for a tune-up from time to time!
We recently caught up with Kirk to discuss some topics outside the realm of football and auto repair. Among the things we learned were how he likes to unwind, what he would have been if he weren’t a football player, and what concert he recently caught at D.C.’s Lincoln Theater.
Football season is busy and demanding, with a lot of travel. How do you find time to spend quality time with your son and wife?
Julie and I made a conscious decision before the season to take a day of rest and unplug on our team off days. For us, that means turning off our phones and just enjoying time with family and remembering how important it is to use that time for family.
What’s your favorite part of being a father?
It’s really exciting to see life unfold and know the responsibility that comes with being a father. My dad set such a strong example for me and it’s something that I want to do for Cooper as he continues to grow. At the current stage, I enjoy holding him whenever he is sleeping. It’s very peaceful.
Source: Kirk Cousins’s Instagram
How do you like to unwind?
Great question. Sometimes it’s as simple as finding a good book to read and diving into the lessons that it has to provide. I have a pretty deep reading list queued up right now as a result. I also like to play golf, when the weather is nice. In the off-season, we unwind by spending time in Atlanta and West Michigan close to family and friends.
Do you cook at all? What kind of food do you like to eat?
Julie is by far the better cook. The extent of my cooking involves heating things up in the microwave. I’d like to think that I can hold my own on the grill, but I need Julie to prepare everything first. As far as what food, I try to follow a pretty strict diet so some of the things that are exciting to me aren’t as exciting to everyone else. My diet is mostly meats and vegetables. I really do like Cava Grill here in the DC area. If Julie isn’t cooking, that’s where we go.
How did you and your wife Julie decide to start fostering dogs?
Julie had fostered dogs while she was in college, so from an early point in our relationship I knew the expectation was that if we were to get married, it was going to be something I was signing up for, and I was excited about that. I love dogs and we wouldn’t have Bentley right now had we not started the fostering programs.
Source: Kirk Cousins’s Instagram
If you could choose a key influencer in your life that has helped shape you into the person you are today, who would that be and how have they helped you grow?
My father has been a great example for me. He helped instill a lot of the qualities that have made me successful up to this point in my career and, looking back, I’m so blessed to have had him as a positive influence in my life.
You’ve sometimes been underestimated during your career, but it hasn’t seemed to discourage you. What advice do you have for someone who feels like they’re being underestimated by others?
Champions are built on a thousand invisible mornings. As much as some players have the “look,” it’s always a reminder that even if you don’t look like Cam Newton or jump like Josh Doctson that if you put in the hard work when no one is watching, you can overcome more than you can imagine.
You’ve worked with several different charity and non-profit organizations. Can you tell us about what drew you to the specific causes you’ve decided to get involved in?
International Justice Mission (IJM) is an organization that I’ve been drawn to support for several years. I heard Gary Haugen, IJM’s founder, speak at my church while I was in high school. I left that night reflecting on the ways that I would like to support the work IJM was doing and thankfully God has blessed me enough to put me in a situation where I am able to work with them on several initiatives to raise funding and awareness.
You’ve said in other interviews that you love music. What’s the last live music show you attended? What kind of music do you listen to at home or on the road? Are there any songs that really pump you up before a game?
I attended the NEEDTOBREATHE concert here in D.C. in early December and I really enjoy their music. The choice of music always depends on the setting, but some of my favorite bands are Switchfoot, Mat Kearney, Coldplay and Ben Rector.
If you didn’t become a professional football player, what career path would you have pursued?
I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in kinesiology, and my intent was to apply for medical school, but that was before the NFL came calling. Since being in the NFL, I discovered that I have a passion for business. Running a business is much like running a sports team. You must hire the right people, train them well, build a great culture, and overcome competition. I think, one way or another, I would’ve wound up in business, desiring to lead and impact people in much the same way that I do as a quarterback.
What’s one question you’ve never been asked before, that you wish someone would?
I’ve been asked just about everything through the years. I always like opportunities to brag on my teammates, so I would just like to say that I have really enjoyed the group of guys on our team this season. We have a locker-room filled with hard-working, selfless players who are also some of our best players. It has been tough to see some of them get hurt, but I think the future looks bright or the Redskins, as there is a strong nucleus that works well together.