Chris Vannini, January 1, 2014

Years before the Washington Redskins made him their starting quarterback this season, Kirk Cousins was displaying leadership skills at Michigan State. Today, as his Spartans play in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Cousins will serve as the honorary captain for his alma mater.

Cousins earned many accolades during his time in East Lansing, Mich., for his work on and off the field; he was an All-Big Ten quarterback who earned the Lowe?s Senior CLASS Award for his community service during a stellar playing career.

Over the last few years, Cousins has been hosting a football camp on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Mich., for 150 middle school students. The camp is about more than X?s and O?s, however. Cousins emphasizes character, leadership and faith to all of his campers.

These traits being the core of Cousins? camp shouldn?t surprise anyone. He received national acclaim for the speech he delivered at the Big Ten media day before his senior year.

Today, Cousins will represent Michigan State on the field in Pasadena, Calif., for a few moments. But his work with students each summer continues to display his passion for service.

For more information about Cousins? football camps and other community involvement, visit