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Former Spartan quarterback and current Washington Redskins signal caller Kirk Cousins is out with his debut book, Game Changer: Faith, Football & Finding Your Way.

“I had young people in mind when I wrote the book as they try to find their way in life,” says Cousins. “I try to convey some of the lessons I’ve learned to a 15-year-old Kirk Cousins – what would he need to hear as he embarks on adulthood.”

In the book, Cousins gives readers an inside look at his life – as experienced under the bright lights of college and professional football – and how he puts his faith and values into action, both on and off the field.

“My identity comes from my faith, not from how I perform on a football field,” Cousins says. “I’m privileged to play professional football, and with more privilege comes more responsibility.”

Cousins says beating U of M four straight times, playing in the first Big Ten championship game, and winning the Outback bowl in his final game as a Spartan are among his favorite MSU memories. And he says there are high expectations for the Redskins this coming season.

“I entered MSU as an 18-year-old boy and left as a 23-year-old man,” says Cousins. “I owe a lot of that to Coach Dantonio and the program he runs.”

Cousins says the underlying theme of the book that he hopes readers take from it are that “they will face ups and downs and challenges in their lives. But there are points and purposes in those challenges, and good things will happen if you persevere and stay true to yourself.”

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