Injured Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and his four-year-old son go shirtless to pump up fans before crucial game with rival Packers in Minneapolis

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The chant typically ends with someone blowing into a massive Gjallarhorn 
  • Cousins went viral last year for celebrating a win vs. Washington without a shirt  
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Kirk Cousins’ affinity for going shirtless has clearly been inherited by his four-year-old son, Cooper.

The injured Minnesota quarterback led team fans in their customary ‘Skol Vikings’ chant before Sunday night’s crucial matchup with the rival Green Bay Packers.

Cousins handled his solemn duties topless with the help of Cooper, who was also seen removing his own shirt before leading the crowd in a slow clap alongside his father.

Roughly translated from a number of Scandinavian languages to ‘Cheers Vikings,’ the chant typically ends with someone pretending to blow into a massive Gjallarhorn, a horn associated with the Norse god, Heimdallr.

And Cousins, wearing his customary gold chain sans shirt, played the part to the raucous approval of Vikings fans. To soccer fans, the spectacle is reminiscent of Iceland’s ultimate Viking chant at Euro 2016 in France.

Unfortunately for Cousins’ teammates, the chant didn’t translate to the field, where the Packers cruised to a 33-10 win, effectively ending the Vikings’ playoff hopes. The team now has just a 3-percent chance of reaching the postseason. 

Injured Minnesota Vikings QB rallied fans for their home game against the Packers on Sunday

Cousins, 35, showed off his tone body in front of a Gjallarhorn before kickoff in Minneapolis

Cousins, 35, showed off his tone body in front of a Gjallarhorn before kickoff in Minneapolis 

In Norse mythology, the Gjallarhorn, which Cousins blew into, can be heard around the world

In Norse mythology, the Gjallarhorn, which Cousins blew into, can be heard around the world

Cousins and his son, Cooper, also seen clapped in similar fashion to Iceland's Euro 2016 team

Cousins and his son, Cooper, also seen clapped in similar fashion to Iceland’s Euro 2016 team

Cousins has been injured since late October, when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon 24-10 win over the Packers in Green Bay.

Journeyman quarterback Joshua Dobbs was brought in from Arizona and won his next two starts for the team before dropping two and being benched during a 3-0 win over the Raiders in Las Vegas on December 10.

Cousins first embraced shirtlessness last season, when his teammates gave him gold chains, which the bare-chested quarterback was seen wearing in a viral video of him dancing aboard the team flight following a 2022 win over his old former team — the Washington Commanders.

The devout Christian and his wife Julie are parents to two boys: Cooper, four, and Turner, three. 

Vikings fans show their appreciation by clapping along with Kirk and Cooper Cousins

Vikings fans show their appreciation by clapping along with Kirk and Cooper Cousins 

Kirk wore chains around his neck while showing off watches on both of his wrists

Kirk led the Vikings to a 20-17 win in Washington and partied in style on the flight back to Minnesota

Cousins embraced shirtlessness in ’22 on a flight returning from D.C. after beating his old team

Cousins - a devout Christian - and his wife Julie are parents to two boys: Cooper, 4, & Turner, 3

Cousins – a devout Christian – and his wife Julie are parents to two boys: Cooper, 4, & Turner, 3

With Cousins’ future up in the air after this season, star receiving Justin Jefferson once again made his feelings about his quarterback be well known after losing to the Detroit Lions on Christmas Eve. 

‘I feel like I’m always voicing my opinion on Kirk,’ Jefferson said. ‘As much as people downgrade him and not want to give him his credit, I’m always the person that always gives him his credit. I’m always blessed and just accepting of the person that he was for me, the player that he was for me and this team just by being that leader and being that captain, controlling the game, controlling where the ball goes and making great throws. I think the rest of the world definitely realizes that at this very moment.’

Cousins was putting together another strong season before getting injured. He had 2,331 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 291.4 passing yards per game currently leads the league and his 103.8 quarterback rating is fourth. 

Cousins is on a one-year, $35million contract with the Vikings that will expire in February. 

Jordan Love (left) and Aaron Jones (right) celebrated the New Year with a win in Minnesota

Jordan Love (left) and Aaron Jones (right) celebrated the New Year with a win in Minnesota

Detroit clinched the NFC North by beating Minnesota in Minneapolis last week, marking just the second time in 13 seasons the division wasn’t won by either the Packers or the Vikings.

Jordan Love threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to put the Green Bay Packers in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 33-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.

Aaron Jones rushed for 120 yards and Jayden Reed had two touchdown catches for the Packers (8-8), who can get the NFC’s last wild-card spot by beating Chicago at home next week. Seattle’s loss earlier in the day allowed them to climb above the cut.

Since losing Cousins to a season-ending Achilles tendon tear in Week 8 at Green Bay, the Vikings have used three quarterbacks, a direct reflection of the team’s 7-8 record coming into the week and its four losses in the past five weeks. 

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