Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins made sure his stay at the Washington Redskins was of a huge significance before his departure from the team. The talented American footballer started to show his unparalleled skills as early as his college days when he played for the Michigan State Spartans.
He was the team’s starter for two years during which he led the team to various championship games. Cousins who is known for his tenacity is not only known as Minnesota Vikings’ ace quarterback. Apart from his skills on the pitch, there is so much more to know about Kirk Cousins. Here are lesser known facts about the NFL player.
Kirk Cousins’ Bio, Age
He was born Kirk Daniel Cousins Barrington Illinois, on August 19, 1988, to his parents Don Cousins his father and Maryann his mother. Cousins was the second of three children. He attended Holland Christain High School in Michigan and has always been inclined to the athletic side of life. He participated in all kinds of sports including baseball, basketball and of course, football while in high school. His football stints in high school ended with an encouraging 3,204 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. Cousins proceeded to college on scholarship and played for the Michigan State Spartans.
After his college stints, he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After five years with the Redskins, he moved to the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 on a fully guaranteed three-year contract of $84 million which has been regarded as one of the highest paying contracts in the history of NFL.
His Net Worth, Salary
The former Washington Redskin quarterback sits on a net worth estimated at $55 million which is quite befitting for a footballer of his caliber. Kirk made a whopping $20 million as his average earnings in his last years with the Redskins.
This was after he was placed on a non-exclusive franchise tag by the Redskins who wanted to restrict other teams from signing him. The indomitable footballer’s never-been-heard-before $84 million contract with Minnesota Vikings, would surely hold the tag of the highest paying contract for a very long time.
Wife – Julie Hampton and Kids
Although he seems so engrossed in his career, Kirk Cousins does not forget his family. As a matter of fact, he is a traditional family man who upholds the value of marriage. Kirk’s family life is a lovely story that should be heard by any aspiring couple. The quarterback got married to his wife Julie Hampton in 2014 and they have been together since then.
Kirk met Julie while she was an elementary school teacher. The happy couple left their fans as well as the entire public in excitement with their awe-inspiring engagement and relationship. Cousins who is very fond of his wife proposed to her on the Balcony of the Speaker of the House’s (Bill Huizenga,) Office on November 22, 2013. Only a year after their engagement they tied the knot in June 2014. The couple welcomed a son, Cooper, in September 2017.
The Cousins are involved in a lot of charity work which includes animal advocacy. Outside of football, Kirk and his darling wife foster animals and also facilitate their adoption.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
Kirk Cousins has got the right body that perfectly suits his football career. He stands at a tall height of 1.91m which is quite proportional to his weight of 95 kg. While he has the appropriate height and weight, much attention is also given to his hand size, bearing in mind his wing as a quarterback. But Cousins still meets the criteria with his 9 7/8 in hands, which is average for NFL quarterbacks.
Cousins’ hand size is slightly below that of quarterback Russel Wilson of Seahawks, whose hands measure 10 ¼ inches. Nonetheless, he has one of the longest hand sizes in the NFL. Cousin’s hands have drawn lots of attention from stakeholders over the years. Many speculate that his ability to make good throws and catches are as a result of his good hand size. Contrary to cynics, this is not a way of dragging the quarterback or undermining his achievements, but only a way of analyzing his physical attributes.