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Tom Cousineau, Tim Krumrie Talk Hall of Fame Induction
Tom Cousineau, Tim Krumrie Talk Hall of Fame Induction
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: Big Ten Network
Tom Cousineau NFF College Football Hall of Fame Induction.
Tom Cousineau NFF College Football Hall of Fame Induction.
Published: 2016/12/27
Channel: All Access Football
1978: Ohio State v. Indiana (Drive-Thru)
1978: Ohio State v. Indiana (Drive-Thru)
Published: 2009/09/28
Channel: ourhonordefend
5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history
5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: b/60
National Football Foundation 2016 College Football Hall of Fame: Tom Cousineau
National Football Foundation 2016 College Football Hall of Fame: Tom Cousineau
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: All Access Football
The Secrets of Prufrock with Tom Cousineau
The Secrets of Prufrock with Tom Cousineau
Published: 2015/06/20
Channel: Spy Maryland
Tom Cousineau: Football Linebacker
Tom Cousineau: Football Linebacker
Published: 2017/10/28
Channel: WhoWhat
OBM - Football Player - Tom Cousineau
OBM - Football Player - Tom Cousineau
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
Tom Cousineau on  Fernando Pessoa
Tom Cousineau on Fernando Pessoa
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: Washington College - Campus Events
"The Lady I Never Knew by Don Cousineau"  (Also known as J.L. Cousineau)
"The Lady I Never Knew by Don Cousineau" (Also known as J.L. Cousineau)
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: Joseph Cousineau
Real Men Wear Pink and Sing?
Real Men Wear Pink and Sing?
Published: 2011/11/02
Channel: VAST
The Culture Change at Indiana
The Culture Change at Indiana
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: Big Ten Network
Christmas at Gramps
Christmas at Gramps
Published: 2013/12/26
Channel: Tom Cousineau
Accident April 7, 2011
Accident April 7, 2011
Published: 2013/10/24
Channel: Tom Cousineau
VID 20160322 190220825
VID 20160322 190220825
Published: 2016/04/09
Channel: Tom Cousineau
VID 20160322 190151279
VID 20160322 190151279
Published: 2016/04/09
Channel: Tom Cousineau
Drumline 2
Drumline 2
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Tom Cousineau
Who did Tom Cousineau play for?
Who did Tom Cousineau play for?
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Sports Trivia
When was Tom Cousineau inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
When was Tom Cousineau inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Sports Trivia
What position did Tom Cousineau play?
What position did Tom Cousineau play?
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Sports Trivia
SportsTime Ohio - Paul Cousineau
SportsTime Ohio - Paul Cousineau
Published: 2011/05/15
Channel: TomLeighKnight
Audrey Cousineau & Simon Parenteau - Desafinado [HD]
Audrey Cousineau & Simon Parenteau - Desafinado [HD]
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: TheS3J
October 23, 2015
October 23, 2015
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Tom Cousineau
July 20, 2017
July 20, 2017
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Tom Cousineau
July 20, 2017
July 20, 2017
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Tom Cousineau
Plagiarism Unbound: Borrowing Desire in The Great Gatsby
Plagiarism Unbound: Borrowing Desire in The Great Gatsby
Published: 2013/06/05
Channel: Washington College
Why Pink?
Why Pink?
Published: 2011/11/02
Channel: VAST
JR Cousineau -Minor Midget Rep B -Castors de Clarence
JR Cousineau -Minor Midget Rep B -Castors de Clarence
Published: 2012/12/22
Channel: 79Goaltending
Drumline
Drumline
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Tom Cousineau
Kyle Cousineau ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Kyle Cousineau ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: KCousineau09
Tom Crabtree Ice Bucket Challenge
Tom Crabtree Ice Bucket Challenge
Published: 2014/08/12
Channel: Cheesehead TV
Madden NFL 18 Cincinnati Bengals Franchise- The Justin Kelly ERA Is Upon US!
Madden NFL 18 Cincinnati Bengals Franchise- The Justin Kelly ERA Is Upon US!
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: SinWithVengeance
One Big Thing: Ohio State
One Big Thing: Ohio State
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Big Ten Network
Samuel cousineau
Samuel cousineau
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: Karoe Noel Leclair
Board breaking
Board breaking
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Tom Cousineau
VID 20150107 184347571
VID 20150107 184347571
Published: 2016/04/09
Channel: Tom Cousineau
3308 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA Presented by Tracy Cousineau.
3308 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA Presented by Tracy Cousineau.
Published: 2014/12/09
Channel: Tracy Cousineau
3308 TOM BREWER RD, Loganville, GA Presented by Tracy Cousineau.
3308 TOM BREWER RD, Loganville, GA Presented by Tracy Cousineau.
Published: 2014/12/09
Channel: Tracy Cousineau
Evan Cousineau-Mark
Evan Cousineau-Mark's Remembrances
Published: 2007/11/19
Channel: da74las
Justin Cousineau ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Justin Cousineau ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: Justin Cousineau
2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class Highlight Reel
2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class Highlight Reel
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: NFFOnDemand
Cousineau  - Turner - Schmit   - 020317
Cousineau - Turner - Schmit - 020317
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: montgomeryt5h
Spycam Moment: T.S. Eliot
Spycam Moment: T.S. Eliot's Prufrock Celebrated with Community Recital
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Spy Maryland
Sam Cousineau age 16 on Alto Sax
Sam Cousineau age 16 on Alto Sax
Published: 2011/08/06
Channel: richard cousineau
J Cousineau vs J Siemer -  04/19/17
J Cousineau vs J Siemer - 04/19/17
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: montgomeryt5h
NEW: NFL Draft 1983
NEW: NFL Draft 1983
Published: 2013/04/26
Channel: NFL draftx
Massimo Lamacchia vs Josh Cousineau Feb 4, 2017
Massimo Lamacchia vs Josh Cousineau Feb 4, 2017
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: hockeyfightsplus
Cousineau | 1 Million Words
Cousineau | 1 Million Words
Published: 2011/10/29
Channel: Joanne Warfield
Vincent Cousineau Early Season edit 2010
Vincent Cousineau Early Season edit 2010
Published: 2011/01/30
Channel: Antoine Senay-Latendresse
Adam Cousineau 2015 Summer Lacrosse Highlights
Adam Cousineau 2015 Summer Lacrosse Highlights
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: PremierLaxGroup
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Tom Cousineau
No. 45, 50, 57, 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1957-05-06) May 6, 1957 (age 60)
Fairview Park, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Lakewood (OH) St. Edward
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 6.5
Interceptions: 10
Player stats at NFL.com

Thomas Michael Cousineau (born May 6, 1957) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. He played college football for Ohio State University, and twice earned All-American honors. He was the first overall pick of the 1979 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and the NFL's Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

Cousineau is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, elected in the class of 2016.[1] He is also a member of the Ohio State Varsity "O" Hall of Fame, inducted in 1995, and St. Edward High School Hall of Fame. Cousineau was the recipient of the Silver Anniversary Butkus Award in 2003.[2]

Early years[edit]

Cousineau was born in Fairview Park, Ohio, to Carol and Tom Cousineau Sr, who was the head football and a wrestling coach at Lakewood (Ohio) High School. Consequently, his mother did not want him to play football under the shadow of his father.[3] Thus, Cousineau played high school football for nearby St. Edward High School, which is several blocks away in Lakewood. He excelled and was one of the most highly recruited football players in the country in his senior year.[4] He graduated in 1975.[5]

Cousineau was also an accomplished wrestler. In 1975, under legendary coach Howard Ferguson, he lost to future NFL player Bob Golic from cross-town all-boys school rival St. Joseph High School in the Ohio state wrestling tournament semifinals in the heavyweight weight class. The match has been called "one of the most memorable,"[6] Golic would go on to win the state title and Cousineau would finish in third place.[7] Golic would go to be two-time All-American at heavyweight at Notre Dame. Cousineau and Golic would eventually became teammates in the NFL with the Browns.

College football career[edit]

Cousineau attended Ohio State University, where he played for legendary coach Woody Hayes' Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1975 to 1978. During that span, Ohio State had an overall record of 36-10-2 and 28-4 in the Big Ten, were three-time Big Ten champs. The Buckeyes played four bowl games after each of the seasons he played: in the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Gator Bowl. They were a Top 5 team for 36 weeks over these four years and the No. 1 team in the nation for eight weeks in 1975, and ultimately finished fourth, sixth and 12th in the final Associated Press polls in 1975, 1976 and 1977, respectively.[8]

Cousineau majored in marketing.[9] It is rumored that he frequently ate Ken Boock's lunch while attending Ohio State. He was a consensus first-team All-American, breaking the school record with 211 tackles in a single season in 1978,[10] an average of 17.5 a game. He also broke the school record for most tackles in a game with 29 against Penn State in 1978, and was the MVP of the 1977 Orange Bowl.

Cousineau's last game for the Buckeyes was the infamous 1978 Gator Bowl against Clemson, during which Coach Hayes punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman in the final minutes of the game.[3] Hayes was fired the following day for the incident.

Cousineau still holds many of Ohio State's tackling records. As of 2016, he holds six of the top 10 single-game tackling records, 29 single-game tackles (since tied by fellow College Football Hall of Famer Chris Spielman), most solo tackles in a single game, (16 against SMU in 1978). He also ranks second on both the all-time OSU tackle list with 569 (three behind Marcus Marek) and on the career solo tackles list with 259.[11]

He was named an All-American in 1977 and 1978. The Chicago Tribune named him the MVP of the Big Ten in 1978.[3] He graduated from OSU in 1979.[8] In 2016, he became the 25th Ohio State player, along with seven Buckeye coaches, to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame.[12]

Professional football career[edit]

Cousineau was drafted first overall in the 1979 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, who acquired the pick as a part of a package of five draft picks from the San Francisco 49ers in a 1978 trade for O.J. Simpson.[13] However, he never played a game for the Bills. He instead signed with the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes, who signed him for double the money originally offered by the Bills. Cousineau became a star for the Alouettes, becoming the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in the 1979 season. He only played in four games in his third season because of an elbow injury while the Alouettes collapsed.[9]

In 1982, Cousineau wanted to return to the NFL, choosing to forego two optional years with the Alouettes. The Houston Oilers attempted to sign him, but the Bills (who still held Cousineau's NFL rights) matched the offer. Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell had long been interested in signing him.[9] Cousineau was then traded from the Bills to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round draft choice (14th overall) in the 1983 NFL Draft, plus a second and a third draft choice in subsequent years.[14] That first-round pick was used on future Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. Cousineau signed a five-year contract for $2.5 million, the highest contract ever at the time by the Browns.[15]

In 1983, Cousineau was arrested in connection with minor collision with a police car on Saint Patrick's Day [16] He was charged with drunk driving, improperly using traffic lanes, and not having his driver's license. He was subsequently found not guilty of the drunk driving charge, but guilty of the moving violation (the driver's license charge was dropped).

During Cousineau's four seasons with the Browns, he led the team in tackles for three seasons. He was named a 2nd-team All-NFL by the NEA in 1983, and by the AP in 1984, but never made the Pro Bowl in his career. He was considered an overpaid disappointment in Cleveland, while Bills fans fondly remember the fact that the man who once snubbed them for the CFL was traded for Jim Kelly. Cousineau signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent after the 1985 season where he played two years as a reserve before retiring in 1987. Cousineau finished his NFL career with ten interceptions and 6.5 career sacks.

After retiring as a player[edit]

St. Edward inducted Cousineau to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[17] He married Lisa June 16, 1990, and has 2 daughters Kyle and Kacey. On February 8, 2006, Cousineau announced plans to run for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives as a Republican in the Akron, Ohio area.[18] He won the May primary but lost the November election to Democrat Brian Williams by a margin of 58% to 42%.[19]

On April 20, 2009, Cousineau joined the St. Vincent – St. Mary High School football coaching staff as a linebackers coach.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFF PROUDLY ANNOUNCES IMPRESSIVE 2016 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS". National Football Foundation. National Football Foundation. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Member Biography". National Football Foundation. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Where Are They Now? Tom Cousineau". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Cousineau stayed close to home Archived 2005-08-17 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved March 8, 2006
  5. ^ Staff Writer Pinned, St. Edward Magazine, Winter 2008 - vol. 6, issue 2, page 18
  6. ^ Kampf, John. "Pigskin pins: Wrestling is a football player's best offseason workout". The News-Herald. The News-Herald. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Galbincea, Pat (3 March 2010). "Ohio's state wrestling tournament has produced more than its share of memorable moments" (3 March 2010). Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "FORMER OHIO STATE GREAT TOM COUSINEAU ELECTED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME". Eleven Warriors. Eleven Warriors. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Wallace, William N. "TOM COUSINEAU PLAYS MARKET AND WINS". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Cousineau college bio retrieved March 8, 2006.
  11. ^ "Ohio State, Tom Couiseau bio". Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Landis, Bill (6 October 2016). "Tom Cousineau, new College Football Hall of Fame member, to be honored at Ohio State's game vs. Indiana". Cleveland.com. AdvanceOhio. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "1978 NFL Draft Pick Transactions". Pro Sports Transactions. Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  14. ^ Burnett, Thomas M. "The trade for linebacker Tom Cousineau has given the.." UPI Archive. UPI. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Cousineau Signs Rich Browns' Pact retrieved March 8, 2006
  16. ^ Staff (15 June 1983). "Cousineau Is Cleared". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  17. ^ http://alumni.sehs.net/?page=SEHS_HOF_Home
  18. ^ Brothers in the house? retrieved March 8, 2006
  19. ^ Ohio election results, AP, November 28, 2006. Accessed March 8, 2006

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