Gunslinging, swashbuckling field general holds more school records than most Spartans realize. And here’s something else he did when he led the Michigan State offense – he won and won and won and won…..
Connor Cook was, is, and probably always will be a bit of an enigmatic figure in the annals of the Michigan State football program.
On the one hand, the numbers, stats, wins, and accomplishments speak plainly and clearly for themselves.
On the other hand, there always seemed to be a resistance to Cook’s personality which was, perhaps, most prominently on display when he was not elected a team captain prior to his senior season.
So much was made of the fact that the senior quarterback, who would go on to be the starting quarterback for the third straight season, was not elected a team captain.
That was, supposedly, going to cause problems for the team and limit the ability for the Spartans to achieve their goals.
Connor Cook, throughout the course of that senior season, led Michigan State to the Big Ten Championship – the second in three years as the starting quarterback – and an appearance in college football’s new Promised Land, the College Football Playoff.
Besides winning the National Championship, there was nothing more Connor Cook could have done to cement a legacy that, in terms of accomplishments on a piece of paper, probably surpass any other Spartan quarterback in the history of the program.
And for all of the supposed “issues” that pertained to whatever sort of personality “quirk” Cook had during his years in East Lansing, it sure seemed to me as if the offensive line did its best to keep opponents from pummeling Cook too often in the backfield.
I don’t recall seeing any wide receivers flopping or moping or not loving it when Cook dropped balls right into their bread baskets at key moments of epic victories.
I don’t recall sensing that anyone was secretly hoping Cook would slip on a banana peel in the locker room the week of the UMAA game for three straight seasons.
And I don’t think any Spartan out there would ever want to trade Cook for anyone else in retrospect.
As @MSU_Football continues to count down the days until kickoff, today’s countdown pays tribute to some irrefutable facts regarding Connor Cook’s contributions to Michigan State Football.
Most passing yards in the history of the program.
Most touchdown passes in the history of the program.
Most wins by a quarterback in the history of the program.
Two Big Ten Championships, one Rose Bowl victory, and an appearance in the College Football Playoff.
Perhaps the right question when it comes to Connor Cook is, What argument can be made to say that Connor Cook is NOT the most successful Spartan in the history of the program?
Is he the best player in the history of the program?
That’s a fair question, I guess – there are so many Spartans who, no matter what type of success the team may have had during their times in East Lansing, could certainly be considered as being among the “best players” in the history of the program.
But most successful?
If you want to show me a player who deserves that label more than Connor Cook, I’m all ears.
Connor Cook – thanks for the incredible achievements and your contributions to the program during your time as the field general.