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Ahead of playoff recreation, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins reveals what it might take for him to ‘stroll away’ from NFL

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is getting ready for a playoff matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday, however he appears to have already got an thought of what he desires to do when he retires from soccer.

Cousins mentioned that after he stops rising as an NFL participant, he may see himself strolling away from the sport.

“I believe each time you go on the market and play and be taught and get higher, you construct as a participant. … I do suppose the continual enchancment has occurred. The day that I don’t suppose that’s occurring anymore is after I’ll most likely stroll away,” Cousins mentioned through the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after the Vikings defeated the Washington Commanders 20-17 at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.

Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after the Vikings defeated the Washington Commanders 20-17 at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.
(Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Cousins led the Vikings to a 13-4 file this season, regardless of him not having his finest statical season. The Vikings had been capable of win a file variety of one-score video games and clinched the No. 3 seed for the postseason.

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The 34-year-old quarterback threw 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions within the 2022 season, racking up greater than 4,500 passing yards. He was additionally named to his fourth Pro Bowl this 12 months.

The veteran quarterback appeared to lean on his expertise and management abilities as he helped information the group to a number of shut victories all through the common season.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball against during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Landover, Md.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball towards through the first half of an NFL soccer recreation towards the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Landover, Md.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

But Cousins doesn’t appear to wish to name it quits anytime quickly.

“I believe that the longer you play, the extra you enhance, and that may’t damage,” Cousins mentioned.

Cousins has thrown extra passes per recreation than he ever has (37.9) in his seven seasons as a full-time starter. Cousins and the Vikings are favorites on this weekend’s playoff recreation towards the New York Giants. But Minnesota’s veteran quarterback will seemingly must have a strong efficiency to raise the group to victory.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talks with New York Jets players after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talks with New York Jets gamers after an NFL soccer recreation, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The Vikings gained three of their final 4 regular-season contests. The group has already surpassed lots of the expectations of it getting into the season underneath first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell.

The Vikings-Giants wild-card playoff recreation kicks off Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

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