On Wednesday, Kirk Cousins revealed that he spent the night, after a full day of Redskins practice, moving into this apartment in Ashburn.

Now I know why moving companies exist. Spent the last 4 hours moving furniture into my apt. Exhausted. Big thanks to Chris Cooley 4 the help

— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) August 16, 2012

The first question that came to the minds of many is why Cousins, who can certainly afford to pony up for some movers, decided to take on the job himself.

“I’m cheap. I’m frugal,” the rookie explained to me. “And you go to places like the rookie symposium and they just preach to you, ‘Save your money, save your money, save your money. You don’t have much yet, nothing’s guaranteed. You could get cut.’ So you sort of live with this fear of, ‘How long is this gonna last? I need to save all I can.’ So I think I err on the side of cheap and frugal and take too much caution, and the lack of a moving company would suggest that.”

One quarterback is driving a modest car, the other is moving himself to save money. Could RGIII and Cousins be the most sensible QB duo in the NFL?

Anyone who knows anything about Chris Cooley isn’t going to be surprised to hear that he stepped up to help the rookie quarterback.

“He’s one of the veterans who’s been really friendly, real helpful,” Cousins said. “I just told him, ‘Yeah, I’m moving into an apartment, I need to rent furniture, I need to get in touch with a furniture rental company.’ And he said ‘Actually, I have a bunch of leftover furniture from moving my mom and moving my brother. It’s sitting in my garage, I want it out. Whatever you don’t take, I’ll probably just get rid of. If you could take it, you’re helping me.’”

So Cousins rented a U-Haul, loaded it up in Leesburg with Cooley’s help, and drove it to Ashburn where fellow rookie Tom Compton helped him unload.

Cousins admitted that next time he’ll spare his teammates and consider hiring movers.

“It was a learning experience, that’s for sure, and I’ll have to figure out when the season ends what to do with all of it,” he said. “That’s the challenge with this life because it’s so transient. You can get cut, you can get traded, there’s an offseason, there’s in season, you got family in other parts of the country. Where do you spend your time and how permanent do you make one place? That’s part of being a professional athlete, but it’s a small price to pay for a lot of the perks that we get.”

Those perks just don’t include free movers.


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