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Quarterback making most of 'new' ride

By Tim Cooper

This article was published July 31, 2014 at 3:01 a.m.

Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins told The Washington Post recently that a 2000 van he bought from his grandmother will be a great third car and will “work well when visitors come to town for games.”

“You’ve got to stop the run. If you can’t stop the run, they’re never going to throw the ball.”

ASU defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen

In today's football, the best quarterbacks are asked to do a little bit of everything. They throw, run and, sometimes, even catch.

So if anyone can appreciate the utility of a dual-threat car, it's an NFL quarterback.

Last week Jay Cutler rolled up to Chicago Bears camp in a conversion van, and recently Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins revealed that he's also got one of the multipurpose rides.

Cousins' van belonged to his 86-year-old grandfather who died during the offseason. His grandmother had no use for the vehicle, so Cousins said he would buy it from her.

"It'll serve us well," Cousins told The Washington Post, "because my wife and I each have a car, but then when people come into town it'll kind of be a third car. And it's perfect for driving the hour-and-a-half from Ashburn to the games. And then they can tailgate, and they've got a TV in there, and you can kind of carry luggage in there. So it works well when visitors come to town for games."

The van, a limited edition 2000 model, seats seven passengers and has a sofa that folds into a bed.

Cousins is famously frugal. Even after getting drafted, he went a while without purchasing a car.

The 25-year-old Cousins, who is set to make $570,000 as he enters the third year of his rookie contract, said people in his hometown of Holland, Mich., were understandably surprised to see him drive around town in the conversion van.

"You know what, sometimes I'd pull up to a stoplight when I was driving around Holland, and I think they'd expect an elderly person or a middle-aged dad to be pulling up," Cousins said. "And sure enough, I pull up."

Oh, brother

Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question.

Murray knew months ago that his brother, Josh Murray, would be chosen by The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, on the reality dating show's final episode this season. In fact, the finale was taped the same week of the NFL Draft, making it a memorable weekend in the Murray household.

Josh Murray played professional baseball for a while before returning to college. He ultimately joined the football team at Georgia, playing safety while his brother starred at quarterback.

Aaron Murray laughed when asked about his brother's current relationship status.

"Yes, still engaged," he said Wednesday. "It's going well so far."

Canadian Ochocinco

From RJ Currie of sportsdeke.com: "Have you seen that clip of Montreal receiver Chad Johnson hugging a ref? He really has embraced the CFL."

Sports quiz

Kirk Cousins was selected in what round of the 2012 NFL Draft?

Sports answer

Cousins was drafted in the fourth round.

Sports on 07/31/2014

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