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Cousins: ‘I’m Getting To Live My Dream’

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 6, 2012 – 10:19 am

Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins was admittedly surprised upon learning the Washington Redskins were going to pick him up in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft.

But it didn’t take long for the former Michigan State star to realize he had a chance to be a part of something special with the Redskins.

Cousins this week sat down with Redskins Nation’s Amanda Mitchell and talked about everything from the life of rookie in the NFL to his first couple trips exploring the Washington D.C. area.

Cousins compared his rookie season to his freshman year in college:

“A lot of new people,” Cousins said. “When I went to college, you meet all kinds of new peers, you say goodbye to your high school friends; you say hello to new coaches, new teammates, new surroundings, and that’s certainly the experience here in Washington. I don’t see my old college buddies like I used to every day for the past five years, but I’m making new friends here on the team.”

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Cousins said, however, that in the end, “football is football” and that he’s now able to do something he’s dreamed of for years.

“The best part is I’m getting to live my dream,” Cousins said. “This is something I want to do for a long time, and I feel very fortunate to be able to be here and to pursue a dream of being a quarterback in the NFL.”

Cousins — the all-time Michigan State leader in wins, touchdowns, quarterback rating, pass completions and total yards — said he has made two trips into Washington D.C. since being drafted by the Redskins.

A self-admitted “history buff,” Cousins said his first trip to D.C. came a couple of weeks ago when he joined some other rookie teammates in the nation’s capital.

“We drove down and found a place to park — which wasn’t easy — and then walked around all the different sites; walked around the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and saw the different war memorials,” Cousins said. “We had a great time.”

Cousins made a second trip to D.C. last weekend when his brother and a high school friend came in for a visit.

“We went back, and then I was the veteran showing them around,” he said. “I find it to be a very neat city. I grew up outside of Chicago, which I also think is a great city, but I think Washington D.C. has its own flair and there’s something I really like about it.”

Here’s the interview with Cousins, courtesy of Redskins Nation and CSNWashington.com:

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