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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kirk Cousins

Grace Sight #17 is Kirk Cousins. 

Photo by Keith Allison
Kirk Cousins was the starting quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans. In April, 2012 he was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL by the Washington Redskins. Kirk Cousins is a Grace Sight because he is both a star athlete and someone that shares the testimony of his faith as opportunity allows.

He holds two pretty amazing records from his four years at Michigan State University.
  • He has the most wins of any starting quarterback in Michigan State History. He broke the record in a stellar performance in a win over #4 Wisconsin on October 22, 2011 (Source).
  • He is the first Michigan State quarterback to beat the University of Michigan Wolverines 3 straight times (Source).
In September, 2009 following Michigan State's loss to Notre Dame, an article on MLive was written about the faith of Kirk Cousins, the sophomore quarterback for Michigan State University.  Following the loss Kirk Cousins told reporters the following quote:
I've got a faith. Football's not my foundation, it's not my identity. My faith is Jesus Christ and He's not changing anytime soon. I'll keep trusting in Him and in His plan and just move on (Source).
Fast forward two years and here is a video of Kirk Cousins' speech representing the players at the Big Ten Kickoff for 2011.  After the 5:00 minute mark he talks about his spiritual philosophy. In this talk he quotes from the Bible.
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 (Luke 12:48b).

Testimonies like Kirk Cousins has can be rare to find in the world of sports. But they can be even rarer to keep.  Therefore, it is reassuring that the God who saved Kirk has the power and will to protect him as he faces the various temptations that come with being a superstar. May he continue to be a role model for others wherever his future leads him.

You can find out more about Kirk Cousins on his Wikipedia page.

The photo of Kirk Cousins in this post is in the Creative Commons of Wikipedia and is attributed to Keith Allison.