“Wish you all the best as you continue to develop Reddit,” Cousins wrote to Reddit co-founder and Redskins fan Alexis Ohanian. “I will look for you at our first home game next year. Keep heckling!”
Ohanian described the letter as “pure class” when he posted it to Reddit Friday afternoon, and told The Washington Post its arrival at Reddit HQ was a surprise.
“We’ll often get emails with a note afterwards, …but nothing like this. No handwritten note,” Ohanian said. “I have trouble writing my own name with a pen and he sat down and took the time to write this. I was very appreciative of it. Everyone at Reddit was very appreciative of it.”
Cousins sent the letter about a month after his February AMA, where he expounded on such topics as the team’s name, the “You like that” meme, and whether a hot dog should be classified as a sandwich (he said yes!). Ohanian said he meant to post the letter to Reddit sooner, but that he let it slide because he “wasn’t really thinking about football” until now, with training camp underway.
Ohanian said he would love for Cousins to take part in another Reddit AMA, but is unsure when the quarterback will have time in the near future.
“As I’ve learned — I think, from his AMA — he’s so rigorously scheduled that I think unless we get one of the slots on his spreadsheet, I don’t think we’re going to get much of his time,” Ohanian said, adding if he could ask Cousins anything right now, he’d “want to know how he’s going to handle having so many offensive weapons at his disposal this season.”
“You can tell I’m a homer,” Ohanian said, laughing.
Despite the time constraints, though, it appears there’s a good chance Cousins will return to Reddit at some point. As if the note wasn’t proof enough that the 27-year-old enjoyed himself, Ohanian said Cousins was “gushing” over the types of questions fans on Reddit asked him.
The feeling, Ohanian says, is mutual. The fans loved Cousins’ answers as much as Cousins enjoyed the questions.
“Kirk’s such a chill, down-to-Earth guy,” Ohanian said. “He’ll be the first to admit that he’s not this super nerdy, tech-savvy social media kind of guy. But what he is, is so genuine and so authentic, and that translates really well to social media, and to Reddit, in particular.”
Ohanian continued: “You know it’s not an intern posting a tweet or some heavily edited Instagram photo. Like it’s really him. And the people who do well are the ones who are themselves and are really comfortable being themselves.”
Hence, the handwritten letter, Ohanian reasoned.
“That’s just Kirk being Kirk,” he said of the polite gesture. “That is who he is and that’s why I have to post (the letter to Reddit).”