In the parking lot at Redskins Park, there are dozens of high end cars, including a few AMG Mercedes-Benzs, Porsches, BMWs, Bentleys, a Tesla, a GTR and… a gray 2000 GMC Savana.
Most NFL players wouldn’t admit to driving a 15-year-old conversion van to their practice facility. But Kirk Cousins doesn't just admit to it, he actually sounds sorta proud of his whip, which he bought from his grandma a couple of years ago.
First road trip in the conversion van! Looking forward to the start of a new football season as we drive to Virginia! pic.twitter.com/YXwVGiND9I
— Julie Cousins (@juliehcousins) July 21, 2014
“I gave her five grand for it and she was kind enough to call it a deal,” Cousins said with a laugh. “I’ve put a little more [money] into to it, to try and update it a little bit.”
Cousins drove an SUV last season, but when the lease on it expired, that left him with the Savana, which he had originally intended to be a second car. Life, however, has been a little busy lately (being named a starting quarterback two weeks before the season can do that) and he hasn’t really had enough time to get another car.
“I’ve been a little lazy and haven’t gotten another car to go from A to B to work,” Cousins said. “So the van has kinda had to fill that role for now. It’s a great car to take to-and-from FedExField because it’s about an hour and a half drive from all the way out here. So it’s great when you have family in town and that kind of thing, but I definitely could use another car just to get from A to B.”
Hint, hint, local dealerships.
In all seriousness, Cousins’ van is reminiscent of Alfred Morris’ old beater, which made national headlines a few years ago. If you recall, Morris occasionally drives a 1991 Mazda—he affectionately calls it his “Bentley”— to Redskins Park. These days, though, Morris' mode of transportation alternates between the Mazda and a bicycle, which he parks in his reserved spot right in front of the facility.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 9, 2015
“I would say sometimes our swagger is having no swagger,” Cousins said, referring to the quarterback’s van and the running back’s road bike. “I guess we’re a little quirky, a little different. As long as we can be productive, I think it’ll work. Let’s win football games and then a conversion van will start to be cool."