Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Fresh off the biggest comeback win in Washington Redskins history, and one of the most notorious vines of this season, Kirk Cousins is having a pretty good week. He decided to keep things rolling by giving back to the fans and holding an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit.
Here are the best questions and answers from the session including thoughts on RG3, Mike Shanahan’s tan, and Eli Manning’s sexiness:
You like that?
laughs so I guess the answer would be…. yes?… I guess you could say… I like when we win.
Was Mike Shanahan as red in person as he is on TV?
Hahahaha, we used to joke about that. So I know what you mean…. when he was calm and relaxed, no, but when he was fired up… he’d get pretty red.
Huge fan, and have been since those late game heroics against the Ravens back in 2012. I always see a bit of greenunder your jersey during games? Could you tell us what that is? Old Michigan State jersey?
I wear my shoulderpads from Michigan State still to this day. That’s what you see. The shoulderpads they gave me after I got drafted just didn’t feel comfortable. Rex told me that he still wore his same shoulderpads from the Bears, which gave me the idea to wear old pads that I knew well, felt good, so I had my Michigan guys ship them to me at the Skins facility. I’m trying to wear a tighter jersey so they don’t show through as much, but it’s always worked for me, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m on my 9th season of football with those pads, so I’m interested to see how much longer they’ll last. For now they’re still kicking.
Whats your best non-pro football moment?
Probably marrying my wife Julie last summer. That was a life-goal of mine — to marry up as I like to call it. I definitely married up when I married Julie.
What quarterback did you idolize growing up?
Well, what’s kinda funny is a lot of the QBs i grew up watching are still in the NFL. They go from people I watched and learned from to people I’m competing against. I was in 7th grade when Tom Brady won his first SB. I was in elementary school when Peyton was drafted. I remember watching Drew Brees at Purdue when I was in middle school. It’s kinda a weird position where I’m now considered a peer of theirs, but they’ve been doing it for so much longer–these are guys I’ve looked up to for such a long time, and now they’re competition.
What is your favorite picture of yourself and why is it this one?
I don’t think I have a favorite picture of myself, but sometimes I can have a very intense stare. Sometimes too serious. I gotta relax and smile. That’s what my wife’s for, to remind me to just smile and relax–not get too serious.
I wanted to know what your reaction was to the UofM/MSU game a few weeks ago? Also, how engaged are you as a MSU alum? Thanks!
I was watching that game in our team hotel in NY before we played the Jets the night before the game and I was in the meal room with a bunch of other teammates. I thought the game was over, that we’d lost, but I was watching.. with my mouth open and arms streatched out wide at disbelieve at what just happened, thrilled to see MSU win.
I’ve been out of college for 4 years now but I’m pretty connected still, going back to campus once or twice a year, and I love doing the color commentating for Big10 Network for the Spring Game, and I enjoy getting to know the new guys on the team. A lot of the coaches are still the same, so it’s a lot easier to stay connected when so many of the faces are the same.
What are you going as for Halloween, Kirk?
Haha, I haven’t gotten a costume yet. Last year I was Buzz Lightyear, which went over pretty well, so I might do that again. My all-time best costume was Steve Bartman. I was a Chicago Cubs fan going up. I dressed up as him one year and won a prize for best costume, so I’ve always got that as an option…
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll ask one of the obvious questions: how is the locker room’s opinion of RG3? Similarly, how was it for you personally becoming the permanent starter?
The lockeroom has always had a positive opinion and respect for Robert. For me as well. It’s been nothing but positive from Day 1 until now.
I really don’t feel like it’s been very different being a backup vs a starter. It’s been positive, but overall consistent.
Is Eli as sexy in person as I think he would be?
From a QB’s perspective, anybody who’s got a pretty good game looks pretty sexy. Whether it’s any QB in the NFL, we all look a lot better when we throw for 400 yards and a win. We’re a lot sexier after a win than after a loss.
What does Connor Barwin smell like? Asking for a friend
Hahahahah, uhhh, I don’t recall anything of note, but, uh, I don’t even know how to answer that creatively.
Based off of those last two questions, I think it’s about time to end this article. But you can view all of Cousins’ questions and answers here.