Cousin named director of player engagement

The Chicago Bears have hired Terry Cousin, who played for the team from 1997-1999, as director of player engagement.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears hired Terry Cousin, a former Bears cornerback from 1997-99, as their director of player engagement. Cousin has spent the previous two seasons in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers director of player engagement.

While in Tampa Bay, Cousin implemented a program called Buccaneer University which helped players with their continuing education, helping set up potential internships, assisting with NFL Player Benefits and setting up financial services and education. He was also the main liaison between the players and the Buccaneers community relations department, promoting player involvement in local charities and activism within the community.

Cousin also helped relocate players when they came to Tampa and aided Buccaneers rookies with their transition into the NFL.

Prior to his time in Tampa Bay, Cousin spent two seasons (2010-11) as the director of player development within the athletic department of his alma mater, the University of South Carolina. He worked with athletes in multiple sports to help Gamecock student-athletes with community outreach, academics, athletics and their personal lives as they transitioned in and out of collegiate life. While at South Carolina, Cousin also served as a sideline reporter for Gamecock radio broadcasts and did regular features on student-athletes for "The Steve Spurrier Show."

Cousin is a 12-year NFL veteran (1997-2008), who spent three seasons with the Bears (1997-99). He also played for the Falcons (2000), Dolphins (2001), Panthers (2002-03), Giants (2004), Jaguars (2005-07) and Browns (2008). Cousin started 68-of-172 games played during his career, recording 472 tackles, 13 interceptions, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He played in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Carolina Panthers.

Cousin was a four-year letterman at South Carolina and was the 1993 Scott Sinclair Freshman Award winner. He also ran track from 1995-96. Cousin and his wife, Carmen, have two daughters.

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