Kirk Cousins couldn’t believe it.
The Vikings quarterback had just led Minnesota to a road win over the Giants on Sunday when he got word from his agent that President Trump, with whom Cousins once played golf, wanted to speak with him.
“My agent just texted me and said, ‘Hey, call this number. The White House reached out to me and wanted you to call this number,’” Cousins told reporters Wednesday. “I said, ‘Are you serious?’ thinking it was a joke to call some prank number. He said, ‘No, very [serious.] So I just called him on the bus headed to the airport. I didn’t know — I was just calling the White House. They said, ‘Hold for the president.’
“It was just a 30-second call saying congratulations and that was it. So very out of the blue, very random, but when the president calls — I don’t care who it is, left, right, whatever, down the middle — if he says ‘Call me,’ I’m gonna call him and see what he needs.’”
Trump and Cousins played golf together in 2017 when Cousins was still with the Redskins, and Cousins called it a “great experience,” per the Washington Post. And after the round of golf, his comments were very similar to the ones he made Wednesday.
“I got an invite. I thought somebody was pranking me,” Cousins told Sports Illustrated in 2017. “Look, if it had been any president—far left, far right, middle — I was gonna go. That’s the President of the United States. If any other former president would love to play golf, I’m open to it. Let me know. … He was—how do you say it?—just a normal guy. He was pretty easy to talk to. He was friendly and, frankly, he asked a lot of questions, about the Redskins and my situation.”
Cousins said Sunday’s call was just a congratulatory, but WCCO in Minnesota reported the two did briefly discuss Trump’s “Keep America Great” rally scheduled for Thursday night in Minneapolis. The Vikings told WCCO the rally wasn’t the focus of the call.
Just a couple of golf buddies catching up.