KIRK Cousins has paid a tribute to Tom Brady, singing a hilarious Kelly Clarkson-inspired song during the 2023 NFL Honors gala.
And NFL fans were quick to joke the Minnesota Vikings quarterback’s performance might have been the best he’s ever had on primetime TV.
Cousins, 34, joined Clarkson on the stage — wearing chains around his neck just like he did in a viral video in November — as the singer’s hit Since U Been Gone started playing.
The Vikings QB said he came up with a tribute to the recently retired Brady “on behalf of all the other quarterbacks in our league.”
And after Clarkson gave him the green light, he started singing to the tune of Since U Been Gone.
“Tom won seven times, went to 10,” the lyrics went.
“He’s on some beach so maybe Kirk could win.
“Yeah, yeah. Since he’s been gone.”
Clarkson then interjected to say she was surprised to hear Cousins could really sing.
And NFL fans agreed with the pop star, lauding Cousins’ performance — although some also mocked his infamous record on primetime TV.
The Michigan State product is 6-10 in games played after 7pm.
“The best performance you’ll ever see from Kirk Cousins in prime time,” one fan tweeted.
Another wrote: “This was a delight to wake up to. THATS MY QB.”
A third said: “I honestly didn’t think it was possible to love Kirk more. I was wrong.”
And one added: “How can you not like this dude??”
Clarkson did point out the song didn’t sound like a Brady tribute but a way of expressing the Vikings star’s relief of not having to face the seven-time Super Bowl champion again.
“And I’m totally for this,” the artist added before Cousins encouraged her to sing herself.
“Cuz now that he’s gone,” Clarkson started as her hit song resumed from the chorus, continuing the Vikings quarterback’s bit.
“Teams have hope for the first time.
“Brady’s moving on. Yeah, yeah.
“For the GOAT, that’s a wrap. Now he just posts thirst traps now that he’s gone.”
As Clarkson finished, Brady’s underwear selfie that has gone viral on social media appeared on the screen above the stage.
During the event, the singer also roasted Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for “deciding to take more mushrooms.”
Brady announced his second retirement on February 1.
The former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has said he is taking some time off before starting his broadcasting career in 2024.