Marybeth Hicks

But Mr. Cousins doesn’t just appreciate the opportunity to play big-time college football. Unlike most young people of his generation, Mr. Cousins knows what privilege really means.

“It’s here, in this place of privilege, where perhaps danger lies. I have been taught that human nature is such that the ‘place of privilege’ most often and most naturally leads to a sense of entitlement, the notion that I deserve to be treated as special, because I am privileged.

“The truth is, privilege should never lead to entitlement. I’ve been raised and taught to believe that privilege should lead to responsibility; in fact, to greater responsibility.”

According to Mr. Cousins, that responsibility extends far beyond merely doing their best on the football field and in the classroom, or following the rules set down by the league and the NCAA.

“We have a responsibility to use the platform we’ve been given to provide a true example of what it means to be a young man. … We have a responsibility to develop and use our God-given talents to their fullest potential and to do so in a way that honors God and benefits others.

“I don’t believe it’s too far-fetched to think that we as college football players could make a significant positive difference in the youth culture of America, simply by embracing the responsibilities that accompany this place of privilege. We could redefine what is cool for young people. We could set a new standard for how to treat others. We could embody what it means to be a person of integrity.

“We could show that it’s more important to do what is right, than to do what feels right,” he said.

For anyone who wants to be reassured that there are young Americans who know what it means to be blessed and who resist the sense of entitlement that chips away at the character of the next generation, it’s seven minutes well spent.

Who knows? Watching him may even turn you into a Spartan fan.


Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).