WASHINGTON — When Kirk Cousins took the podium at Redskins Park for his weekly press conference, something appeared noticeably off.
Cousins, a Michigan State graduate, was donning an Indiana Hoosiers hoodie. He lost a bet, it turns out, to Redskins third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who played college ball for, as you might guess, Indiana.
“Michigan State played Indiana last weekend, and we made a little friendly wager,” Cousins told reporters Wednesday. “And Indiana got the better of the Spartans.”
The Spartans led until late in the second half, when the Hoosiers scored 21 unanswered points before ultimately kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime to edge out Michigan State 24-21 in Bloomington.
“It was all good,” Cousins said. “We did something a little unique. I said if Michigan State wins, you’ve got to make a donation to my youth football camp back in Michigan for next summer, but if Indiana wins, I’ll give to the ministry that he supports, which is Assist International, that does a lot of work in developing countries.”
“We based it on a percentage of salaries,” he said. “So Assist International is gonna get a good check.”
Cousins is making nearly $20 million playing on the franchise tag in 2016. Sudfeld, a sixth-round pick by Washington, will make a hair under a half-million during his rookie season.
“Happy to do it. It’s a good thing,” Cousins added. “So I’m rocking the sweatshirt with pride and gonna make that donation.”