- Dalvin Cook’s pre-game into for Sunday Night Football has sparked controversy.
- Does he harbor any ill will toward the Seminoles?
- Despite what many fans believe, real evidence suggests otherwise.
Dalvin Cook was the best player on the field in his team’s 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 10. The Minnesota Vikings running back churned out 97 yards and a touchdown on the ground, adding 86 receiving yards while catching all seven passes thrown his way by Kirk Cousins.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Cook “played outstanding” and “had some unbelievable runs,” lavish praise that highlights of his 183-yard performance certainly justify.
But a vocal subset of Cook’s fans were left displeased regardless. Not Vikings faithful, of course, who universally exalted the third-year pro for leading Minnesota to a key late-season victory over an NFC rival.
Instead, it was Florida State fans who were more hung up on what Cook didn’t say during pregame introductions than what he actually did on the field.
Dalvin Cook’s Sunday Night Football Intro Raises Questions
Primetime NFL broadcasts include the starters of each team introducing themselves with a short, pre-recorded video. They state their name, position, and where they came from, the last bit of which allows for creative wiggle room that some players use to pump up their high school or elementary school rather than college.
That variable dynamic has grown commonplace over the years, barely registering today after it initially became the subject of frequent social fodder. Some Florida State fans, though, are apparently stuck in the past.
Before running roughshod over the Cowboys, Cook, who went to Florida State, announced himself as hailing from Miami Central High School, a longtime prep powerhouse.
Seminoles fans perceived it as a slight.