Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks is known as “The Archer” and the nickname comes from the Bible.
According to the 2014 New Orleans Saints’ former first-round pick, “The Archer” doesn’t refer to the animated comedy, but to Psalm 144: 6.
“My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 144: 6: ‘Send lightning and scatter the enemy. “Shoot your arrows and confuse them,” Cooks told Houston media on a video conference. “So for me that’s another way to glorify God, to go out there and play, and find a unique way to glorify him. “
Cooks glorified God and helped the Saints, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams along the way, with 618 catches for 5,730 yards and 34 touchdowns in 88 career games.
What helped Cooks succeed in the NFL was his blazing speed. According to the 26-year-old from Stockton, Calif., Speed is both a gift from God and the result of discipline.
Cooks said: “It was one of those things that a lot of people say ‘Where were you born with?’ I would say it was a bit of both. I had to work to really get that elite speed. I remember growing up friends who were actually faster than me, and they peaked at one point. For me, I felt like I had to do this job too to get fast, and I was running track from the age of seven through high school, even my freshman year in college. I think it was just the travel and the trail process that helped me gain this speed.
The Texans can use Cooks’ speed to amplify what they already have in the Will Fuller receiver, giving quarterback Deshaun Watson two quick targets when he’s backing down. With DeAndre Hopkins leaving, Houston sports fans are hoping the Pro Bowl double-caller will make a big splash with “The Archer.”