Dalvin James Cook was born on August 10th 1995 in Miami, Florida.
Cook played his college football at Florida State University for the Seminoles. In his freshman season he racked up an impressive 1,008 rushing yards and a further 203 receiving yards with eight touchdowns.
In his sophomore season of 2016, Cook showed improvement and racked up 1,691 rushing yards plus a further 244 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns!
His junior season completed the year on year improvement when he posted 1,765 rushing yards plus 488 receiving yards and another 20 touchdowns.
He broke the Seminoles rushing record in the process, with a grand total of 4,464 rushing yards, beating the previous record held by Warwick Dunn (3,959 yards). At the culmination of the 2016 season, Cook announced he was entering the 2017 NFL Draft and would forego his senior year at FSU.
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Cook as the 41st overall pick and was selected as the third running back in the draft, behind Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette.
It didn’t take long for Dalvin Cook to leave an impression on the Vikings fans as he beat Adrian Peterson’s rushing rookie record by gaining 127 yards against the New Orleans Saints in his debut game. Unfortunately for all concerned, Cook tore his ACL in the week four game against the Detroit Lions, bringing an end to his rookie season.
2018 wasn’t a great year for Cook either as he suffered a hamstring injury in game week 2 missing another four games of the season. Despite this, he still posted better yardage scores than Latavius Murray who saw more action than Cook.
2019 was a much better year for Cook and really whet the appetite for things to come in 2020 when he managed to stay healthy until game week 10 when he sustained a chest injury that dampened his overall results but couldn’t take the shine off his performances prior to the injury with a total of 1,135 rushing yards and a further 519 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns. Up until that injury, he had been in with a shout of being the number 1 running back in the league, battling with Christian McCaffrey for the honour.
Hopefully, Cook and the Vikings will agree a contract extension that suits both parties so that we can see a healthy Cook tearing up the NFL again in the coming season.