The Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins, will receive the Bart Starr Award for this year’s NFL season. Awarding will occur at the Super Bowl Breakfast on February 11 at the Desert Ridge Marriott Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Bart Starr Award
The Bart Starr Award is named after NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, who committed to serving as a “positive role model to his family, teammates, and community.” As such, NFL gives the award to the NFL player “who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community.”
Kirk, the 2023 Bart Starr Awardee, has been vocal about his faith in Jesus. In his Twitter bio, he wrote Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy & walk humbly with your God.”
And so, he has been doing his best to fulfill what the passage means.
In October 2018, Kirk and his wife, Julie, opened their foundation, “Julie & Kirk Cousins Foundation,” to express their faith and generosity. They hope to make an impact with their resources and have supported ministries, churches, and organizations. As a result, they have partnered with Bethany Christian Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Compassionate Heart Ministries, Discovery Church, Holland Christian Schools, and International Justice Mission.
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Kirk credited the Holy Spirit with his leadership effectiveness when asked about his leadership. “I think at times where I fail as a leader is probably when I haven’t allowed the Holy Spirit to lead,” he told CBN News. “And when I do allow the Holy Spirit to handle it – I think that’s when I’m most successful as a leader.”
He added, “I learned He’s decisive, and the Holy Spirit is never confused. So if there’s disagreement, the problem is probably on our end, not on His. He’s always spoken to me through His peace. We have the benefit of other experiences where we’ve trusted Him. So here we are again, making that decision to come here and believing God is in it!”
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