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There is a pretty clear answer in how to not listen to something. You just don't listen to it. This comes in handy for quarterbacks of NFL teams that often deal with varying levels of scrutiny from the media.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been challenged in this respect.
"The way that I don't listen to what they're saying is I don't listen to what they're saying," he said.
Now, the real question is what does Cousins listen to instead of just silence, which can sometimes also be a distraction if you can't get out of your own head.
"I turn on NPR instead of 106.7 [FM] or 980 [AM] sometimes," Cousins said. "I turn on HGTV instead of ESPN."
So let's just say Cousins is a fan of Terry Gross interviews and "House Hunters International."
"I think there are times where you can intentionally block it out," he continued. "I don't have a lot of social media on my phone, so it's not quite as accessible to me as it is some other guys. There are ways that you cannot hear it. It doesn't do me any good to hear that. I know what's at stake. I know how important it is to me and to the people around me and this fan base and I want nothing more than to help this team to a place with a lot of wins, a playoff berth and all that so I'm heart attack serious about making this happen. It takes time, it takes some work, we'll see where we are down the stretch here."