In 2012, Kirk Cousins made two major life decisions: he signed with the NFL and he met his future wife, Julie Hampton.
Having begun his professional career with the Washington Commanders (then known as the Redskins), Cousins eventually became acquainted with Hampton through a common friend, the couple got married in June 2014.
“I didn’t want a long engagement,” explained Cousins to The Washington Post in December 2013, right after proposing to Hampton. “But it’s obviously important to her to prepare for the wedding and have the time she wants and has dreamed about. But I think it will be fun to have the whole family in one place for a day. And I just want her to be happy and have a positive mindset for the years to come.”
Since their wedding, the couple – parents to sons Cooper and Turner – has dedicated their spare time to philanthropy as co-founders of the Julie and Kirk Cousins Foundation, which works with organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and International Justice Mission.
They are also both animal lovers and have fostered several dogs in recent years. In 2019, they adopted a Labrador Retriever named Abe, who quickly became a beloved member of the family. “We’ve tried all different breeds and sizes, and we’ve enjoyed it,” Hampton shared in an interview published on the Vikings’ website in 2022. “But Abe is fantastic.”
Scroll through the complete timeline of Kirk Cousins and Julie Hampton’s relationship:
2012: Immediately after starting his NFL career, Cousins was introduced to Hampton by a mutual family friend, and they began dating soon after.
October 2013: Cousins nervously proposed to Hampton on the balcony of the Speaker’s Balcony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. “I was pretty nervous,” Cousins recalled right after the proposal to The Washington Post. “As we were walking down the steps getting closer to the Capitol, I had my hand in my pocket, and she said, ‘Why are your hands cold and sweaty?’ I knew it was because I was so nervous.”
June 2014: Cousins and Hampton tied the knot in Atlanta. Since then, Cousins has worn his wedding ring on the field. “My wife loved it,” Cousins shared with USA Today in 2016. “She liked that, and to be honest, when I started wearing it and realized how much joy it brought my wife to see me wear it, it hit me… I think it’s a good thing for marriage.”
October 2017: The couple welcomed their first child, son Cooper.
October 2018: Cousins and his wife appeared in a sleep number advertisement with their son Cooper.
October 2019: They became parents to their second child, son Turner. “Welcome to the world, little buddy,” Cousins wrote on Instagram at the time. “Mom and baby are doing great, and Cooper is already loving his new role as big brother!”
October 2022: Cousins and Hampton purchased Clearbrook Golf Course in Saugatuck, Michigan. In a statement at the time, they said, “West Michigan is a special community, and we’ve enjoyed living in Saugatuck/Douglas since we made it our home in 2018.” “Our family would not prefer this community to become a development or a seasonal rental community. We want to invest in this great community and see this purchase as an opportunity to preserve the life of this 1926 golf course.”
June 2023: The couple appeared in the Netflix documentary Quarterback, which featured not only Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes but also Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Marcus Mariota.”