After an interesting, to say the least, few weeks for new Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow, a surprising comparison is beginning to come to light.
A country-wide phenomenon known as “Tebowing” is becoming all the rage and if certain reports are true and consistent, we may start hearing about a new fad called “Cousinsing” soon.
Let me explain…
Former college star at Florida and current Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is a very, and I mean very, religious individual. After certain big plays, especially during their miracle win over the Miami Dolphins, Tebow would bow into a prayer setting and hold the pose for a few seconds. That pose became known as “Tebowing”. Players and fans alike have been striking the pose for the better part of the last two weeks, including Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, after he sacked Tebow during the Lions’ blowout victory over the Broncos.
Alas, thus is “Tebowing”. So why might we begin to see “Cousinsing”?
When the Detroit Free Press interviewed Cousins, who is also the son of a minister, for a profile earlier this week, the young player began to talk about his religious faith and the strength of family. The comments have begun to draw comparisons to Tebow, who if asked, will also speak openly and extensively about his faith. Cousins spoke of his adoration for Tebow recently.
“I would love to meet him,” said Cousins. “If I was mentioned in even the same sentence as Tim Tebow, that would be an honor. His character, his positive attitude, his leadership — he’s the best.”
Cousins, who is a member of the Christian group of college students formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ International, recently allowed the group to use the slogan, “Do you agree with Kirk?” as a part of their publicity campaign.
“I was very supportive of it and wanted to step out and be as active as I can in my faith,” Cousins, 23, said of the pre-event campus publicity. “I’m excited to be able to have that platform and hopefully have a lot of people who haven’t heard about Jesus Christ before, or didn’t grow up in the church, or didn’t grow up with faith, to hear a little bit about it, and hopefully be stirred to pursue their faith a little further and to grow in it. We’ll see what happens.”
As for the cliched “Michigan State lifestyle”, Cousins says he is not opposed to parties or clubs, but he does avoid alcohol.
“I don’t want to put anything in my body that may alter my ability to make a good decision,” the quarterback said. “It’s something I just don’t need to have a good time.”
All in all, Cousins has been a great role model and positive influence for the university, not to mention a damn fine quarterback at times. If he does hope to make it into the NFL someday, he’s going to have to use the remainder of this season to start turning some heads.
“I am somebody who lives a certain way, and I want to be able to truly stand up to that and live that way so people who do get to know me say, ‘Everything I’ve read about him is true. It’s not a façade. It’s not a front. He’s not fake. He’s the real deal,’ Cousins said when asked about his image concerning his religious ideology. “I hope to be the real deal.”
Remembering where he was and why he was there, Cousins was then quick to add a comment:
“And I also want to be known as a great quarterback and that I was a great football player here — not just a nice guy, but for people to say, ‘He made a lot of plays on the football field.’ “
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