Kirk Cousins, as you likely have heard, has a son now. His name is Cooper. He was born a few weeks into the season, 11 days after his wife Julie’s initial due date.
Cooper is healthy, and his father is playing as expected for the Redskins. The elder Cousins missed just one full day of practice for the birth, skipping post-practice work the day prior. But with a big Monday night showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs looming, the quarterback didn’t want to miss any work.
So he brought his practice to the hospital, according to an interview he did with SI.
Oh, I haven’t missed a practice since I’ve been here. That was my first one. Going into a Monday Night Football game against the Chiefs that week, I didn’t really want to miss a day. But Colt [McCoy] set up his phone in the quarterback meeting room and we got on FaceTime. I was basically there without being there. …
Julie’s contractions were coming every four to five minutes, and they lasted about 30 seconds—but outside of that I was able to focus [on football] and Julie was very understanding. She could hear my coaches and [teammates] talking in the background but she said it was fine.
When she needed to grab my hand to get through a contraction for 30 seconds, I was there — and I had my iPad next to me, looking at cut-ups, in between. I think our doula thought that was weird. She wanted me a little more present. But Julie understood.
Yup. While his wife is laying there going through contractions, Kirk Cousins is watching game film. That’s what @PFTCommenter would call a Football Guy.
This also means the first voice Kirk Cousins’ son heard could very well have been Jay Gruden’s. What a bizarre way to enter the world.