Iced-Out Kirk Cousins Adding New Skill

Iced-Out Kirk Cousins Adding New Skill
Kirk Cousins wearing Christian Darrisaw's chain in Andy Warhol format.

The chain-wearing version of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins not only wins. He’s adding a new skill to his repertoire on Sundays.

Cousins told reporters on Wednesday, four days before a date with the Miami Dolphins, that he plans to tuck-and-run with the football more often.

Versus the Chicago Bears in Week 5, Cousins extended a game-winning drive in a 3rd and 5 situation with his legs, scampering for a 1st Down when his team needed it the most. And that was en route to a third consecutive game-winning drive for the 34-year-old.

Cousins hasn’t been quite the same this week since wearing left tackle Christian Darrisaw’s massive chain on a flight home from London. Darrisaw owns a marvelous piece of jewelry that somehow landed on the neck of Cousins in the friendly skies. Here’s the footage via Vikings linebacker Brian Asamoah:

Thereafter, Darrisaw decided to call Cousins “Big Kirko” following the win over Chicago.

After becoming what fans call “Chain Kirk,” Cousins told the media he’d never worn a chain. So, because his production against the Bears aligned with that of a chain-wearing performer, Darrisaw decided Cousins should wear one more often. Darrisaw said, “He should get one. I don’t know what kind of chain he should get. He should get one for sure. He looked good in it.”

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Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

Cousins’ announcement about running the ball more often isn’t necessarily new, though. He’s told reporters in the past about his goal to use his legs — and then never really added the trait. But after he experienced how his Week 5 rush helped seal the deal for the Vikings, perhaps he’s a believer.

He also rushed for a touchdown versus the Bears, capping the 7+ minute drive that put the Bears away for good in Minneapolis. In his career, Cousins has totaled 18 rushing touchdowns in his career — more than Brett Favre, Jim McMahon, Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, and others.

Cousins is also now the 9th-likeliest player to win the 2022 NFL MVP award, according to RotoWire. The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites to topple the Dolphins in Miami this Sunday.




Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).