Kirk Cousins apparently wanted a Michigan offer in high school

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Kirk Cousins will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in the history of Michigan State football. He was a quarterback for the Spartans from 2008-2011 and was the starter for three seasons in East Lansing. During his career, he threw for over 9,000 yards and 66 touchdowns, and was the guy that kicked off the elite stretch that the Spartans saw under Mark Dantonio.

Cousins also led Michigan State to the 2010 Big Ten Championship and to the innagural conference title game in 2011, which the Spartans lost in heartbreaking fashion to Wisconsin.

Cousins will always be remembered in the Michigan State history books and may even have his number retired some day, but what if I told you that he wanted to play for Michigan?

Cousins made an appearance on the Barstool podcast "Bussin With The Boys" and spoke about a lot of really interesting things. His decision to sign with Atlanta, his reaction to the Falcons drafting Michael Penix Jr. and even his college career all came up.

But it was when he spoke about his college career when something intriguing was discussed. Cousins apparently really wanted to play for Michigan.

The full quote reads, “Growing up in the state of Michigan, if U-of-M offered me, I mean, come on. That’s an iconic program, and at the time Chad Henne’s the starting quarterback … But you have to understand I was so far not on their radar. Like I was nobody and they had Ryan Mallett committed to them and was signed and for good reason."

This left a sour taste in my mouth initially. Why would I want to know that one of the greatest Michigan State quarterbacks of all time wanted to go to Michigan? Then I remembered how great of a career he had. Not only did he have all the success at Michigan State that I already mentioned, but he went 4-0 against the Wolverines (3-0 as the starter) during his career.

So if Wolverine fans want to hang their hats on one of Michigan State's great quarterbacks wanting to go to Michigan when he was in high school, then I guess that's their prerogative. But Cousins didn't go to Michigan, he went to Michigan State and became a Spartan legend, dominated the Wolverines and is now one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

I'll gladly take that over someone maybe wanting to go to school somewhere else nearly two decades ago.