Kirk Cousins says that faith is the reason behind his decision to turn down a long term deal with the Washington Redskins. He said, that he wants to follow God’s plans for him.
Will Brinson reported that Cousins instead of signing a contract with the Redskins for the next few years that guaranteed $ 53 million, the 28-year-old Christian quarterback chose to sign a one-year deal with the team instead. Cousins explained the importance of hearing from God first about his career moves in the next few years:
“First of all, what rarely ever gets reported is that ultimately this decision is not about anything more importantly 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, Cousins has been public about his faith and that God brought him to Washington, D.C., to play for the Redskins. He stated his stand on the CBS radio show:
“He brought me to D.C. then. He had a plan for me,” Cousins said. “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.”
Some may think that Cousins’ decision was a drastic measure but Cousins said he is trusting in the Lord for:
“He’s done far more in my five seasons here in Washington than I ever thought he would,” Cousins said. “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?'” “And I would say it’s the same answer: I’m trusting the Lord.”
Also, on a CBN report, Cousins said that he hopes to be more than just a leader on the football field. And that he wants to be a man that can lead people to Christ off of the football field:
“I do think naturally I am a leader. I believe that leadership at the end of the day is influence,” he said. “… 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.”
What a testimony of faith!