Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, are dog people. And in March, they adopted a Goldendoodle named Bentley, who's four years old. Now, from the sound of it, Bentley is a really good pooch. But there's just one problem with him.
Let's put it this way: If there was a football league for man's best friend, and Bentley was in that league, he would probably have some trouble passing a conditioning test. Maybe not, say, Albert Haynesworth levels of trouble, but it wouldn't exactly be easy for him.
Allow Cousins to explain.
"He’s about 50 pounds," the quarterback said on Friday while making a radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan. "He’s a little overweight, we’re walking him consistently to try to get that weight down. We’re getting it tighter, but he’s a great dog, great personality."
Here's some photo evidence of the couple taking Bentley out for some hearty exercise a couple of months ago, proving they're serious about the weight loss (they do look like they're straining a bit, don't they?):
Cousins went on to provide a deeper reason for wanting to get Bentley into better shape.
"I figure he’ll probably be tapping out about the time that I’m retiring from this league, hopefully, so I’m hoping that Bentley can see me through my NFL career," he said. "That’s the goal."
Whether that goal is realized is likely up to Cousins' four-legged friend. Next time Bentley thinks about begging for food at the table, for example, hopefully he opts for a rousing game of fetch, instead. He's already got the perfect person to serve as the ball thrower, after all.