Kirk Cousins was recently named starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
While he may not be as well known or as well paid as his counterpart Robert Griffin III, Sportrac reports his annual average salary of $643,000.
One would imagine that, after entering the league, a rookie with a healthy contract would result in the quintessential NFL rookie purchase: a car. Cousins though has been hesitant to make that purchase. For two years he drove a leased Chevy Tahoe and recently that lease expired.
Most people might renew that lease, lease a new car, or maybe even buy a new vehicle altogether. Cousins went for the latter -- kind of.
In 2014 Cousins bought a van from his grandparents for $5,000, reportsESPN. With his wife using the other car, Cousins saw the van as the next best option for his transport.
The ESPN report notes how Cousins' wife was hesitant about the purchase but the van, which was used to drive him to Iowa Hawkeye games when young, had too much sentimental value to resist.
“We’d hop in and say this is a great car,” Cousins said. “It had leather seats, all the bells and whistles. We put more money into it to update it. It’s a great second car to have.”
Counting his pennies
In some respects, this makes sense. Driving to the stadium in the vehicle that symbolizes his early interactions with football is a nice reminder of where he has come from to reach the NFL.
Cousins is known for his thriftiness by the Redskins. It's easy to respect, but of course something that is joked about as well. On a radio show in 2013, via ForTheWin, Chris Cooley talked about Cousins' thriftiness:
“Every check he treats like he just got 16 dollars in college and he can’t buy a new pair of shoes."
So the next time you see a big gray 15-year-old van roaming around the DC area you'll know why you see Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins at the wheel.