GRAND RAPIDS — Kirk Cousins talked a lot Thursday about his last year and his transition to the NFL.
I wrote this story about Cousins off Thursday’s appearance at the Spartan Winter Tailgate.
He was also asked about former Spartans running back Le’Veon Bell, who left ahead of his senior season to enter this spring’s NFL draft.
Cousins said made a wise decision not to come back.
Here’s what he said:
“I think as a running back, you only have so many hits in your body. And to turn down an opportunity to make some money off of one of those years, that’s tough to do. Especially in his situation, I don’t know what more there is to prove or what more he could do next year that would suddenly elevate his draft stock to a higher level. I think it was more the motivation to come back was to be the most decorated running back in MSU history. I’m sure that would be special but I think the opportunity to play in the NFL is pretty unique. I think that he was wise.
“Now, going forward, he needs to conduct himself like a professional if he wants to last. And time will tell on that. But I think he has the character to do that. There’s no doubt he has the ability. It’s just a matter of putting in the work day in and day out for him to last and have a successful career.”