When Dalvin Cook is healthy, he is as explosive as any running back in the entire NFL. His professional career has been fantastic, but he originally made himself known during his time playing high school football.
The Miami-Dade County native has a long track record of success, dating back nearly a decade.
Dalvin Cook in High School
Dalvin Cook attended Miami Central High School and played on the varsity football team for three years. Miami Central was the same school that Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman attended, so their fans have grown accustomed to an excellent offense.
Believe it or not, he was actually a linebacker before switching to the offensive side of the ball. These highlights prove that the switch was a great one. Whether it was between the tackles or to the outside, Cook was an unstoppable rusher.
During his time as a member of the Rockets, Cook accumulated 4,267 rushing yards and 64 touchdowns. His team won the state championship game in 2013, and during his senior year, Cook received a long list of accolades.
Dalvin Cook at Florida State
The running back made his collegiate debut against Syracuse and never looked back.
Though the Seminoles never reached the College Football Playoff during his tenure, Cook was not the reason why. After his junior year, he was ready to go pro.
Dalvin Cook on the Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
A torn ACL ended his rookie season after just four games, but he has only gotten better since. Thanks to 1,135 rushing yards and an additional 519 receiving yards, Cook was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2019.
In this crazy, COVID-19-afflicted season, Cook has emerged as a dangerous threat out of Minnesota’s backfield and has legitimate MVP aspirations.
After watching his high school highlights, was there ever any doubt he’d succeed?