Twelve days into first-time fatherhood, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, was asked Wednesday about the state of his “Dad Swag.”
Cousins, 29, proudly noted that he had “Dad Swag” well before he was an actual dad.
“I’m the kind of guy in high school who would wear a braided belt and cargo shorts and white socks that came up to my ankles,” said Cousins, whose wife, Julie, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Cooper, on Sept. 29. “I was probably one step away from Velcro shoes, a visor and [an] oversized polo tucked in. Even had a Palm Pilot on my belt.”
Cousins, who has taken his share of grief for driving his grandmother’s conversion van to Redskins Park on occasion, went on to say that during his rookie season, then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan used to joke about his utter lack of cool and swagger.
“Actually, Kyle Shanahan used to tell me, ‘Your swag is having no swag!’ ” Cousins joked. “That has kind of always been my vibe, and I’ll stick to it.”
Pity that in the stat-happy NFL, there’s no rating for quarterbacks’ self-awareness and self-deprecation. Cousins might well lead the league.
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