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Two Weeks After Devastating Injury, Christian NFL Star Kirk Cousins Serves Meals to Those in Need While on Crutches


NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins is sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 season after he suffered an Achilles injury late last month.

But the injury has not hampered his desire to be a force for good in his community.

The Minnesota Vikings star had just had his leg cast removed on Monday, according to the Star Tribune. Cousins, 35, suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during a game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 29.

Tuesday, a day after the cast was removed, he was photographed helping to serve locals at a Thanksgiving event hosted by the St. Paul Salvation Army.

His cast had been replaced by a walking boot while he moved with the assistance of crutches.

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Cousins was also wearing a Salvation Army red apron and a smile.

According to the Tribune, Cousins was joined by numerous teammates, his wife Julie and their son Cooper.

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The quarterback was said to have chatted with fans of the team and also signed autographs for many of them.

During comments to the newspaper, Cousins said he had agreed to be at the event prior to the injury. He did not want to go back on his word, he said.

“We’d committed to it before the injury [on Oct. 29], and I realized we can still get there,” the former Michigan State University star said.

Cousins added:

“It’s fun to bring my son Cooper. We’ve learned that it is truly more happy-making to give than to receive. We came last year, and it was a great event. It was fun to be here with teammates and spouses. It’s a little change of scenery, change of pace.”

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According to the newspaper, Cousins also shared that he was making the most of the injury and had made the decision to enjoy a break from his usually rigorous NFL schedule.

“During the season, we go from our house to work and back home, to the hotel and the stadium, and go home,” Cousins told the Tribune. “We’re so insulated that you don’t really get to interact with fans all that often in a conversational way.”

Cousins said people in his position to reminders from time to time how important their on-field personages are to the people who live in the Twin Cities region.

“I think it’s a real positive for us as players to be reminded of how much this team means to the community,” Cousins said. “Not that you ever forget, but it’s good just to get that reminder again, of the difference we can make with the platform of being a pro football player in Minnesota.”

One of Cousins’ teammates who was also at the Salvation Army event praised him for his spirit.

“When you are injured, it’s difficult,” Vikings long snapper Andrew DePaola said. “You’re not an outcast, but it’s kind of like: ‘Well, what do we talk about?’ But that’s the cool thing with Kirk: You can talk about anything with him.”

DePaola said that Cousins has remained a presence in the team’s locker room since his injury, in spite of the fact he does not need to be there.

“He’s a huge part of the culture of our team,” DePaola said.

NFL stars too often generate the wrong kind of attention, while Cousins — an outspoken Christian — continues to be a good steward for his league and a messenger for Christ.

Cousins’ words and actions certainly put him at odds with people such as women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who claimed her career-ending injury earlier this week is “proof” that God does not exist.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.