Kirk Cousins’ college career ended months ago, but the accolades are still pouring in from his time at Michigan State.
Cousins last week was named a Big Ten Medal Of Honor recipient, adding his name to one of the more prestigious awards the conference has to offer.
According to the Big Ten, the Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each member university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.”
Just 24 out of 10,000 Big Ten student-athletes are chosen each year for the award, and Cousins seems like he would’ve been a no-brainer selection.
On the field, he was the Spartans’ winningest quarterback in school history, was a three-time team captain and ranks first in school annals in pass completions (723), passing yards (9,131), touchdown passes (66), passing efficiency (146.1), 200-yard passing games (26) and total offense (9,004 yards).
Cousins’ off-the-field accolades, however, are more impressive. The 2012 fourth-round selection of the Redskins was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and graduated last December with a degree in kinesiology.
Among the other awards Cousins has collected along the way include the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award — given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in the NCAA Division I FBS — and was named to the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Class and was one of 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell trophy.
Congratulations to Kirk for this awesome accomplishment.
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