Kirk Cousins is citing his faith as the ultimate reason he is turning down a long-term deal with the Washington Redskins, insisting that he wants to follow God’s plan for him. Instead of committing to sign with the Redskins for the next few years, the 28-year-old Christian quarterback opted to sign a franchise one-year deal with the team. The All-Pro explained the importance of hearing from God.
In a report last week, Cousins opened up about how his faith influences his career decisions.
“First of all, what rarely ever gets reported is that ultimately this decision is not about anything more important than my faith,” Cousins said. “My faith is ultimately driving this decision. Do I feel like the Lord is leading me to make this decision or that decision and where does he give me peace?’
Throughout the years, the QB has been vocal about his belief that God brought him to Washington, D.C. to play for the Redskins. He echoed those sentiments on a CBS radio show.
Cousins said, “He brought me to D.C. then. He had a plan for me. I didn’t know if it was going to be for football or for something else, but he placed me in Washington, D.C. for a reason. I believe that with my whole heart, and as a result, I was content to be patient and allow time to reveal that and to continue to just wait on the Lord.”
While some may not understand his decision to not commit to a long-term football career with the Redskins, Cousins said he is trusting in the Lord.
“He’s done far more for me in my five seasons here in Washington than I ever thought he would. And so here I sit and people are saying, ‘It appears to be a dead end. After this year, what’s going to happen to Kirk?'”
Cousins continued, “I tell them I’m trusting in the Lord.”
The QB has made it his goal to lead on and off the field. His greater goal is to lead men to Christ. “I think naturally I am a leader. I believe that leadership at the end of the day is influence. I think that more than anything as a Christian I want to be able to influence my teammates for Christ and that’s not going to change.”