WASHINGTON — Don Cousins hugged his son and beamed, holding tight to the game ball from the Redskins’ 47-14 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.
Comcast SportsNet cameraman Mitch Tischler filmed the emotional on-field exchange between Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and his dad, who was wearing a No. 8 jersey and a Redskins cap.
Don Cousins, a pastor at a church in Orlando, was diagnosed with cancer in July and had moved to Houston for several weeks to receive treatment at a hospital there.
Sunday’s game was the first one that Don Cousins felt well enough to attend in person this season. Kirk Cousins, named the Redskins’ starting quarterback late in training camp, has started all nine games in 2015. Don Cousins has metastatic squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer that spreads to the lymph nodes in the neck area.
“Just kind of got home a couple of weeks ago, was recovering and finally felt like he got his weight back up and his strength back up to be able to come out for the game,” Kirk Cousins told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny program on Monday. “So this was the first game he could make it out to this year during the regular season. And it was just great to have him here. He was excited to be here. He’s been watching from a distance living and dying with every throw and every play. It was a lot of fun. And then to have the day we had and be able to give him the ball was just a special moment for us, one that we’ll remember for a long time.”
Kirk Cousins had one of his best days as a professional by completing 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and a career-best four touchdown passes with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. On the CSN video, Don Cousins leaned over from the front row of the stands, hugged his son and just said one word over and over: “Thank you.”
“I was just glad that he wasn’t having to be stressed out so much in the fourth quarter like he is in a lot of the other games,” Kirk Cousins said. “I was glad that he could just sit back and just soak it all in in that fourth quarter. It was a fun day for all of us, there’s no doubt.”
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