The Redskins 2012 draft class might one day be recognized for setting a world record in NFL frugality.
Robert Griffin III is famously attempting to live off his endorsement money and save his entire NFL salary. Alfred Morris continues to drive a 1991 Mazda. And Kirk Cousins does not own a car.
“Every check he treats like he just got 16 dollars in college and he can’t buy a new pair of shoes,” Chris Cooley said of Cousins during his ESPN 980 show on Wednesday. “Tell them about your budget. At what point do you feel like you’re gonna say, ‘Ah, I’ve arrived in the NFL, I can actually afford to do some things.'”
“Well, Paul Kelly — our director of operations — laughs at me every time we have an away trip, because when we travel, we get per-diem,” Cousins said. “And so we get about $45 to $50 in cash in an envelope as we board the plane. And I get so excited for that $45 or $50. I always grab it from Paul, I say this is free money. I mean, it’s the best. We’re well taken care of as we travel, so I find myself coming back from games the next day, waking up and I still have 45 to 50 bucks in my wallet, so it’s a good thing.”
“Kirk has two cars right now,” Cooley noted. “They’re both dealer cars. He hasn’t purchased a car yet. You’ve seen Alfred Morris has his car; Kirk doesn’t even own a car.”
“Don’t own a car,” Cousins confirmed. “Don’t own a car. I got a great opportunity through Jim McKay Chevrolet in Fairfax, so I don’t have to own a car. And I have one back in my hometown, as well, in Holland. So I’m sitting good with that right now.”