Kirk Cousins will regularly remind himself of his own mortality

AP

Now that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has compiled more money than he could ever spend in his lifetime, he can commence the process of counting down the remaining time in his life.

And so he is.

Via Deadspin.com, Cousins took to Instagram to explain that he has a tower filled with 720 stones, and that he’ll remove one per month.

“If I live to be 90, there’s 1 for every month left,” Cousins wrote. “I’ll take 1 out as each month passes. Great reminder for me to live a life of meaning and impact!”

The gesture comes as Cousins closes in on the one-month countdown to his 30th birthday. When the milestone arrives on August 19, he’ll likely be preoccupied with football considerations when the number flips to three and zero.

Although it’s morbid on one hand, there’s an aspirational quality to it. He wants to make the kind of impact in his life that will cause him to be remembered when he’s gone. His new team surely hopes that will happen, in one very specific and trophy-shaped way.

49 responses to “Kirk Cousins will regularly remind himself of his own mortality

  1. The more I read about this guy, the more I like him. The situation in DC wasn’t the most stable, not knowing from season to season if you were getting tagged, traded or sticking around on another 1 year deal. Appears he has perspective and priorities that many people are lacking at this point in time.

  2. Sounds like a loser. Why is he limiting his existence to 90? Why not 100 or 110? Why happy to win a playoff game? Why not 5 Superbowls? Or 10? Aim high! He sound afraid to make a mistake….scared man can’t win.

  3. Scarin Rodgers has the same thing except with Barrs instead of stones.

  4. The fans in Minnesota will be ready to bring and end to his mortality by Thanksgiving…

    It’s a toss up between who is the bigger stiff….Cousins or Derek Carr.

  5. He’s certainly crushed Joe Flacco and Sam Bradford in the “Money for Nothing” derby.

  6. I do the same thing but with marbles. It’s a good way to remind yourself of how precious life is. If you run out at 90, or whatever number you choose, you just start putting marbles/stones back in the original container as a reminder that you are extremely blessed to have lived longer than expected. To some it may seem morbid. To me, and others, it is a great reminder to appreciate each day and to use your time wisely. The more I hear about Kirk Cousins the more I like him. Skol Vikings!

  7. I figured all this out in elementary school. I don’t need stones to remind me. If you want to get even more honest with yourself you can remind yourself that we are microscopic organisms floating on a pebble through the cosmos. Nobody but earth based life even knows of our existence. Attempt to be kind to your fellow earth based life.

    Here is to “each other”! It’s all we got. Oh and good luck Kirk.

  8. Given Cousin’s red zone efficiency numbers (or more accurately, lack thereof), he should be worried about his mortality when the Viking fans wake up to just what kind of QB they signed for $84 million guaranteed.

    The Viking fans are used to coming up short, it’s just that they aren’t used to it after spending that kind of money.

  9. See the jealous haters are here again. It’s ok, we Viking fans love to have the last laugh.

  10. Hmmm he has the van capable of transporting his Hoveron scooter when he moves to Orlando in his twilight years. The tricky part will be maneuvering said van into the parking lot during the early bird special at his local Denny’s or IHOP.

  11. His first last-minute interception that loses the game for the Vikings will remind him of his mortality (at least in a football sense).

  12. Why do I have the image of a marketing intern walking a foot behind him, whispering “Thou art mortal” everywhere he goes…?

  13. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    July 18, 2018 at 11:23 am
    See the jealous haters are here again. It’s ok, we Viking fans love to have the last laugh.

    ———

    With zero championships in 57 years when exactly have Vikings’ fans had the last laugh?

  14. Is he in the post concussion medical protocol? Note to his physician, you need to check out his medications to see if there are any contraindications that cause some cognitive issues!

  15. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    July 18, 2018 at 11:23 am
    See the jealous haters are here again. It’s ok, we Viking fans love to have the last laugh.

    —–

    You’ve never once had the last laugh. 0-56

    Or did you mean that everyone laughs at you in the end? Because that’s true.

  16. Stoicism my friends. Old practice that has been around forever. Look it up and live a better life.

  17. tom brady has a jar with 5106 stones.

    The stones represent the 5106 times a defensive opponent
    was flagged with a bogus pass interference or defensive holding call.

  18. As one who takes their family to an assisted living center monthly , started when my grandfather was there with Dementia, I say kudos to him for his realization that he is mortal. In my years of visiting these aged folks, I have never heard one express regrets for not gaining more physical items nor more public acclaim. All I have heard is regrets for not spending more time with family, for spending too much time chasing their “dream” instead of enjoying the smaller things of life.
    The best advice I was ever given was by an old man, 95 years old, who had not seen a family member in the five years he had been there. He told me, “If it will not matter ten years after you have died, does it really matter today if you focus your entire life on gaining it now?” His sadness was so palpable it nearly makes one cry.

  19. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    July 18, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Iron Man Cousins. Has never missed a game for any reason.
    +++++++

    Close but inaccurate. He missed a game his 2nd year at Michigan State due to a sprained ankle.

  20. longtimefanh8tr says:
    July 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    Viking fans will be reminded why the lowly Redskins cut him loose.
    ———————————

    Cousins would have never signed anything that had to do with Bruce Allen. He wanted out period.

  21. 1 of those 720 stones is also approximately equal to $117K he stole from the Vikings.

  22. Based on the intelligence and originality of the content above, it looks to me like Cousins must have obtained most of the rocks from between the ears of the Pats and Pack fans who have commented on this story.

  23. hukdeep says:

    It will take another Miracle for them to make the playoffs this year.
    ###

    Another “Miracle” to make the playoffs?

    The Vikings went 13 – 3 during the playoffs and had a bye in the first round. Closest team in the NFC North was the Lions and they were 4 games back.

    No miracle involved – just simply the best overall team in the division.

  24. it looks to me like Cousins must have obtained most of the rocks from between the ears of the Pats and Pack fans who have commented on this story.

    ——-

    Imagine that Aaron Rodgers kept the tower of stones and went on Instagram to talk about himself like Cousins did. All the Purples would be saying “he should just shut up, self-absorbed arrogant diva idiot.”

    And you know it.

  25. Imagine that Aaron Rodgers kept the tower of stones and went on Instagram to talk about himself like Cousins did. All the Purples would be saying “he should just shut up, self-absorbed arrogant diva idiot.”
    _____

    So would his family.

  26. I love all the negative remarks of Kirk Cousin’s. Do you people realize the Vikings have made average QB’s play at al high level? Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum both had great years with the Vikings. Even if Kirk Cousin’s is average…he could do really good with this team.

  27. madtowndan says:
    July 18, 2018 at 12:29 pm
    Many an NFL defensive end will remind Cousins of his own mortality

    /////////////////////////

    But non of them will be wearing a packer jersey.

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