- When it comes to the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, very few performances are as dominant as that of Hayden Rhodea.
- The Kirk Cousins lookalike put in the work with a serious training program leading up to the competition and dominated.
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Hayden Rhodea is a freshman at Duke University who will not have to pay tuition for the rest of his four years. Rhodea, who bears a striking resemblance to Kirk Cousins, won the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway during the SEC Championship Game on Saturday and is $100,000 richer.
Rhodea was dialed in from the start and his goal was simple. To win the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, a competitor must throw more footballs through an opening from five yards away than his opponent.
Haden was taking no fucking prisoners tonite. A clutcher Kirk cousins pic.twitter.com/GX7Z1HQhdr
— PFT Commenter (@PFTCommenter) December 4, 2021
The competition was extremely close and very high scoring. Rhodea, who took the two-handed chest pass approach, beat his opponent Rachel, who used the one-handed push method, by three.
High scoring Dr. Pepper tuition giveaway! Hayden wins 18-15! Shoutout to Rachel tho pic.twitter.com/dv7nNWCIa0
— ✯✯✯✯✯ (@FTB_Vids_YT) December 4, 2021
After the win, people began to notice that Rhodea looks a lot like a young Cousins. Apparently, his accuracy is also similar to that of the NFL quarterback.
you can’t fool me, this is Kirk Cousins pretending to be a college student to make an extra $100k on the side. we can’t let this stand https://t.co/8w8rs1Npn5
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 4, 2021
Rhodea’s win was no fluke, however. The young Blue Devil put in the work and it paid off. In his post-competition interview, he shared that he had been practicing at least two hours a day for the last three weeks.
I am unfamiliar with the standard training regimen of a Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway competitor, but I would imagine that very few are putting in the time that Rhodea did. He understood the task in front of him and did what he had to do to get it done.
Rachel, who lost, went home with $20,000. However, for Rhodea to go in there and miss less than five tosses is impressive. That is virtually unbeatable.