In the months leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, “experts” and fans alike predicted that the Washington Redskins would zero in on defensive backs that could help bolster the NFL’s third best team in terms of interceptions (21).
Despite sitting out the first round of the draft (the 22nd pick was sent to the St. Louis Rams as part of the trade that landed Robert Griffin III) the burgundy and gold landed an instant game changer in the form of NC State cornerback David Amerson. Amerson, led the NCAA in interceptions in 2011 with 13.
Then, just two rounds later, the Redskins landed the 2012 NCAA leader in interceptions (eight)—safety Phillip Thomas. While most thought the 2012 NFC East champs were done landing talented, ball-hawking defensive backs after the selections of Amerson and Thomas, they snatched Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo with the 191st pick.
While he didn’t led college football in interceptions like his fellow draftees, he did record a team-high eight interceptions in 2011 including this one in overtime against Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Yes, the same Kirk Cousins he now calls a teammate.
At the 5:22 mark you’ll see Cousins (then No. 8)drop back for a pass and sling it to the middle of the field only for Rambo to intercept it.
While Cousins’ Spartans would get the last laugh in an overtime thriller (33-30), the former Bulldogs star still likes to remind the quarterback of what happened when they lined up against each other.
“You know I have to rub it in his face,” Rambo said with a smile. “Let him know I’m still that same guy.”
Regardless of their time on opposite side of the pigskins during the 2012 Outback Bowl, the safety said that Cousins was one of the first guys to extend a hand after he was drafted.
“Kirk is a great guy,” Rambo said. “He congratulated me when I got here. He asked me if I needed anything to talk about and gave me some great advice about the [offseason] programs and the NFL.”
One thing Cousins will never congratulate Rambo on, however, is intercepting him during practice. According to the rookie Cousins still won’t put the pigskin near his vicinity.
“I really respect him, even though he doesn’t throw towards me to this day. He still looks at me, mean muggin’ me. I’m like ‘That was in college, Kirk, I had to do it.’”
Keep an eye on this friendly rivalry between the two during training camp—it’s only getting started.
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