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Kirk Cousins is Chasing Excellence in Minnesota

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Better late than never! After having to pass on free agency twice, Quarterback Kirk Cousins finally cashes in with the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history – as the 6-year veteran arrives in Minnesota to join the Vikings pursuit for a championship – after a soulful, faithful search!

Question: “During your shotgun free agent tour, you were very clear that your decision in leading was His and not yours. What did you learn about Him as a decision-maker?”

Kirk: “(laughs) Well, I learned He’s decisive and the Holy Spirit is never confused. So if there’s disagreement the problem is probably on our end, not on His. He’s always spoken to me through His peace. We have the benefit of other experiences where we’ve trusted Him. So here we are again, making that decision to come here and believing God is in it!”    

Question: “You step into this storied franchise that has come close to a Super Bowl win before. But the perception now is – Kirk’s here to lead us to get that first Super Bowl win. Can you see why He brought you to Minnesota?”

Kirk: “We fit so well here, how this is a great environment for me to thrive and have success on the field but success personally and relationally with who I go to work with everyday.  So hopefully it’ll turn into a lot of wins this season but whether or not it does, we know the Lord has brought us here and He has a plan!”   

Question: “Kirk, being tagged, restricted in your free agency over the last few years – what have you learned about trust with Him, with organizations, with others?”

Kirk: “I think He allowed me to be on one-year contracts in a way to grow my faith muscle and develop that in me. He’s never late, but He’s also seldom early.  And I have to be willing to be patient to allow God’s plan to unfold and not go ahead and try to make my own circumstances happen for me. So, I’ve learned that He can be trusted for every need and desire but at the same time that may require patience on my end.”

Question: “With the signing of that contract, the largest, the riches and the first fully guaranteed. The perception can quickly default to: your secured, everything’s going to be taken care of.  But underneath that, what uncertainties, what insecurities would go unnoticed?”

Kirk: “I wasn’t brought here to sign a contract.  I was brought here to win football games. So while the contract part may be settled for the next three years, I do have feels of inadequacy! You know, many times I say ‘Lord, if you don’t show up I’m in trouble, so there’s still a level of dependence on Him that on one hand creates some humility but at the same time does create some insecurities that the Lord’s got to meet me in those moments.

Question: “I’m gonna call you Captain Kirk on this one! What is that one trait that is a must have for you, when leading alpha males forward?”

Kirk: “Guys can see through fake! They can tell someone who’s just trying to check the box! So, I’ve got to be Kirk Cousins and believe that’ll be good enough! I think at times where I fail as a leader is probably when I haven’t allowed the Holy Spirit to lead and when I do allow the Holy Spirit to handle it - I think that’s when I’m most successful as a leader.”   

Question: “Your dad is a pastor (Kirk: “He is!”). What do you borrow from pastoral care when leading as a quarterback?”

Kirk: “I don’t know what don’t I borrow from pastoral care when leading as a quarterback! I mean, my dad, is really the biggest leadership influence in my life and I believe Jesus was the greatest leaders that ever lived and I think He had the most impact on humanity of anybody who ever walked the planet. And, I want to learn what He did and what made Him that and hopefully try to replicate it again as a quarterback in the NFL.”     

Question: “What do you think is most underappreciated about the role of a staring quarterback?”

Kirk: “There is a great deal of pressure and there are high demands and the margin for error is very small. As a result they can create a lot of tension in your life and you have to be in a healthy place to handle adversity and manage all that comes your way. Ultimately we are all dealing with similar things just in different capacities and I’m no different as a quarterback.”

Question: “That obsessive following of game-performance and the scrutiny that comes with it. Where is your source of affirmation?”

Kirk: “The phrase, “Audience of One” and at the end of the day our affirmation has to come from One – and that is our Heavenly Father and knowing who we are in Him regardless of how our performance comes and goes on the football field and that has to be the core of an athlete to be in a healthy place.”                                        

Question: “If you could huddle up the church, how would you encourage her? How would you challenger her?”

Kirk: “(sigh!) From an encouragement standpoint, that God’s plan for redemption of the world is through the local church. You know – you’re it! And you’re right in the center of how He wants to impact this world!  As a challenge I would just say – ‘how are you stewarding that?’ I’d like to think that with Christ leading the church there’s no better leader to make sure she ends up where she needs to be.”                         

Question: “The competitive nature of an athlete and how it has to be left at the door in your walk that requires remarkable tenacity. What do the elite competitor and the Christ-follower have in common?”

Kirk: “Excellence! I think a competitor is chasing excellence. I think a Christ-follower is chasing excellence in competing with every fiber of our being with everything we have. Colossians 3:23, ‘whatever you do – including NFL football – work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord and not for man! And so, I want to chase excellence! And I’m on that journey just like everyone else!”       

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