Kirk Cousins.
Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins’ full name is Kirk Daniel Cousins. He is a 32-year-old American football quarterback. Moreover, he plays for the team of Minnesota Vikings in the NFL (National Football League). Kirk Cousins’ net worth in 2021 is $80 million. This experienced and talented athlete as a footballer started playing the game in his college years as well. He attended his college in Michigan State where he played from 2008 to 2011.

Kirk Cousins has been called an ’empty calorie’ and middle of the pack QB in the National Football League. He is a certified veteran QB who is considered by many NFL analysts, having completed almost 9 NFL seasons from 2012-2021. He plays in the position of being a Quarterback(QB).

Net Worth: $80 million
Source of Wealth: Salary and Endorsements
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: August 19, 1988 (Age 32)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Profession: American Football Player
Record: 40-yard dash in 4.80s

Kirk Cousins.
Kirk Cousins.

Early Life and Career

Cousins was enrolled at Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan. He starred in football, baseball (as a third baseman and a pitcher), and also basketball for the Maroons athletic teams. Unfortunately, he broke his ankle in his junior season and was made into attending camps to make an impression with recruiting colleges. Kirk finished his high school football career with almost 3,204 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.

Cousins was given a 2-star recruit status and he was given a scholarship by the head coach Mark Dantonio to play football at Michigan State in 2007.

College Career Record

Cousins was redshirted by Michigan for the 2007 season. In 2008, he spent the season as the backup to starting QB Brian Hoyer. He was only put on the field in five games passing for 310 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. In 2009, Cousins competed for and won the starting QB job against teammate Keith Nichol. Under his play-time, he led Michigan State to a 6–7 win-loss season record. He recorded 19 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and 2,680 passing yards in 12 appearances. In his 2010 campaign, he led Michigan State to an 11–2 record and a share of the Big Ten Championship.

In the 2011 season, the Spartans went on an 11–3 win-loss record and played in the first-ever Big-Ten championship game. Cousins played in his final game as a Michigan State Spartan on 2nd January 2012, by defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl. 

Kirk Cousins was selected by the Washington Redskins with their 102nd pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played as the starting QB for Michigan State Spartans from 2009 to 2011.

Kirk Cousins as a Michigan State player celebrating an important college football game victory.
Kirk Cousins as a Michigan State player celebrating an important college football game victory.

Kirk Cousins Net Worth in 2021

Cousins’ net worth in 2021 has seen estimations to be around $80 million. The major sources of his wealth status are his NFL contracts, salary, and endorsements.

He signed a 2 year, $66,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $30,000,000 signing bonus, $66,000,000 guaranteed, and with average annual salary of $33,000,000. In 2021, Cousins will earn a base salary of $21,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $31,000,000 and a dead cap value of $76,000,000.

Cousins’ cap number for 2021 is $31 million, which takes up nearly 17 percent of the team’s cap, and by 2022 more than 22 percent of the cap. Cousins did put up good numbers in the 2020 campaign, throwing for a career-high 35 touchdowns. But the talk about him often comes down to how many wins he has produced as one of the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks when it mattered the most.

Kirk Cousins wins the 2011 Lowe's Senior Class Award.
Kirk Cousins wins the 2011 Lowe’s Senior Class Award.

Endorsements

Cousins has become one of the more recognizable stars in the league, has made plenty of money via endorsements and commercials. According to Forbes records, Cousins has made $1.5 million from endorsements over the past year.

Kirk has also notable commercials with local brands like Pizza Ranch and global brands like Nike and Bose.

Kirk Cousins endorsing local brand Pizza Ranch in their digital commercial.
Kirk Cousins endorsing local brand Pizza Ranch in their digital commercial.

Awards and Achievements

Despite the many stop-start moments, Kirk Cousins’ career has been record-making at some point or the other, including individual honors. Below is the list of some of the commendable achievements that Cousins have made throughout his career:

  • Credited with most pass completions in a regular season: 425
  • Holding most 300-yard passing games in a season: 6
  • Completing most 300-yard passing games in career: 24 
  • Credited with most pass completions in a regular season: 406 
  • Credited with most consecutive passes without an interception at home: 232
  • Finishing with most 400-yard passing games in career: 3 
  • Most 4,000-yard passing seasons: 3
  • Most consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons: 3
  • 2× Pro Bowl (2016, 2019)
  • NFL Completion Percentage Leader (2015)
  • Outback Bowl Champion(2012)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2011)
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