Kirk Cousins has made quite an impression on and off the pitch this season.
His 7-1 Minnesota Vikings enjoyed a prosperous season with the Cousins airflight celebrations made headlines after road victories. The 34-year-old caller spoke to Peyton and Eli Manning about his viral shirtless look on ESPN’s “ManningCast” during the Ravens’ win over the Saints on “Monday Night Football.”
“It really started coming back from our game against the Saints a few weeks ago, coming back from London we had the eight hour flight and they kind of turned first class on that boxed flight back from night,” Cousins said. Before I knew it, I had Christian Darrisaw’s channel around my neck and everyone was taking pictures and posting them on social media.
Cousins added that it wasn’t until last week’s win in Washington over his former team the Commanders that his teammates encouraged him to take off his shirt and sport the chain shirtless.
Cousins has been effective this year. He scored 13 touchdowns and completed 64.3% of his passes. Since a three-steel clunker against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, Cousins and Vikings haven’t lost a game.
The viral postgame celebration inspired some Minnesota Halloween costumes, according to Cousins. It also inspired NFL insider Adam Schefter to go shirtless with chains around his neck on the “Monday Night Football” pre-game show.
Cousins has already left his mark on the 2022 NFL campaign, but the quarterback mentioned he’s still unsure what to make of the in-flight celebrations.
“If we keep winning these away games, I don’t know where it’s going to take us,” Cousins said. “But I’m a little nervous about where this might end.”