By Brian McNally

ASHBURN — Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was just a typical Midwestern kid. He grew up on football – and the theatre?

Those two pursuits might not go hand in hand for most people, but when the Super Bowl was held in New York three years ago Cousins attended a Broadway for the first time and was blown away. He also spent some of his childhood in Illinois and the Cousins family periodically attended shows in downtown Chicago.

“I’m a big Broadway fan. Love musical theatre,” Cousins said. “My mom kind of raised me on that.”

But there are some fellow Broadway fans in the Washington locker room. Tight end Vernon Davis has seen the smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical and endorsed it fully. Cousins is determined to get tickets after the season to see that cultural sensation if there’s time to visit New York.

“That’s the next one to go see,” Cousins said. “But I’ve got a long list of offseason musicals to see. I don’t know if I’ll get up to New York City to see them. I’d like to get down to the DC theatre as well.”

Lest you think he’s just jumping on the formidable Hamilton bandwagon – just ask President-Elect Donald Trump how much of a flashpoint that show can be – Cousins also talked the talk during his Wednesday press conference at Redskins Park. Shows he’s seen in person: Motown the Musical. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Jersey Boys. Wicked. And Cousins still wants to see Book of Mormon and The Lion King, two more hit shows that have long played on Broadway.

“Singing and dancing man – those guys are athletic,” Cousins gushed. “They’re talented. I sit there and go, ‘Wow this pretty cool.’ I feel like the fan in the stands when I go to a musical. It’s a cool experience for me.”

Cousins added: “I know in our culture they say singing and dancing may not be the most manly thing to do. But for whatever reason when I was growing up, my mom and my dad, they raised me to be secure in yourself and to just appreciate it. So I have a huge appreciation for singing and dancing. And again – those guys are very athletic and they can do some impressive things. I enjoy it for what it is and was raised to appreciate it. It’s not easy what they do. It takes the kind of practice and intensity and focus that we have to have on the football field, too.”

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