Brandin Cooks says he’s shooting those arrows for the Lord

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Ever since the league offered to relax their enforcement of touchdown celebrations, new Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks has been a bit of a target.

Celebrations which involve mimicking violence are still verboten, but Cooks doesn’t know where his bow-and-arrow routine stands with the league.

And just to clear it up, he said this week the celebration had more to do with The Bible than any particular love of archery.

“It comes from Psalms 144:6: ‘Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them,’ ” Cooks said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “It’s just one of those things that my faith is the biggest part of my life and I feel like the reason why I am where I am today with the gifts that I have.

“So it’s just another way to be able to glorify God rather than just pointing to the sky [after a touchdown]. Just bringing a unique way, so my hope is when fans see me, they see God in me. That’s the biggest part of it all.”

Unless Cooks plans on passing out Old Testaments to everyone who walks into a stadium, it’s likely that many of them are going to be thinking Comanches or William Tell as much as King David.

“The first thing that comes to your mind is something else,” Cooks admitted. “It’s unfortunate. The biggest is probably the league not understanding it. There’s no violence in it for me at all. I’m not shooting it at anyone. I’m not pointing it toward anyone.

“If anything, I’m shooting it at God. It’s my way of thanking him and bringing a little twist to it.”

While we generally prefer our church and state separate (and football has become a de facto arm of state long ago), it’s clear Cooks has put a lot of thought into this. As long as his Sunday school class doesn’t lead to Rob Gronkowski turning up in a fig leaf, it’s hard to find much harm in it.

21 responses to “Brandin Cooks says he’s shooting those arrows for the Lord

  1. Stop shooting arrows. I thought you guys were “grown men”. How about you act like one. Not a fan of the Gronk spike either. Then again, what happened to that other God bothering guy, what was his name again, Tebow? Oh yeah, ripped by every blog & comenter for being religious. Same treatment for Cooks, right?

  2. Celebrations are for weddings and birthday parties. If you want to see what professionals do after scoring a touchdown, go watch a tape of Barry Sanders.

  3. Cooks should be a defense lawyer. Certainly there’s something in the Bible that you can twist around and use for almost anything. Now you’ll see a lot more WRs studying the Bible.

  4. “We” don’t care about YOUR separation of church and state. We care about who the player is BEFORE the state comes along. We prefer freedom from state. And Goodell. So if a man is made about his faith, that is who he is. Get it?

  5. This is a fine young man… let him do his thing….

    Compared to other’s humping air… and doing other less than desirable viewing celebrations…. this one with his explanation is refreshing…

  6. rideforjesus says:
    Aug 1, 2017 7:44 AM
    This is a fine young man… let him do his thing….

    Compared to other’s humping air… and doing other less than desirable viewing celebrations…. this one with his explanation is refreshing…
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    Pats homer logic “Do as we say, not as we do”

  7. Brandon, by his own admission, is shooting arrows at god

    now i’m not religious, but how is shooting arrows at your god a good thing to do?

    and please save us the lawyer speak, we all know you just want to do your silly little celebration and are just trying to not get penalized and chewed out by Bill

  8. There is no God out there that would allow someone like Donald Trump to become president. What would God think of throwing 23 million off of health care? How someone can go to church and then pull the level for someone like Trump is beyond me since his lies and bullying goes against everything the Bible says. The hypocrisy is amazing.

  9. “While we generally prefer our church and state separate (and football has become a de facto arm of state long ago)”
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    It would be nice if political agendas/1 sided political snark on a sports website would also be separate.

    love,
    an atheist who is a member of neither party

  10. Yeah, there is a wizard charging around the heavens who selected you to live in the USA and play professional football and screw over all of the poor wretches in Aleppo. Bet they’re not so happy to celebrate the jerk off who condemned them to living in hell on earth.

  11. I am in full support of separation of church and football. We don’t want Brandon Cooks simulating the stoning of children do we?

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21King James Version (KJV)

    18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

    19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

    20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

    21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

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