Arya Stark is the youngest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark of Winterfell. What she lacks in size she certainly makes up for in heart and determination. Arya was taught in the art of swordplay by the first sword of Braavos (a free city East of Westeros) Syrio Forel. The training was often harsh and focused on a clear mind and nimble feet.
At times Arya could be found chasing cats through King’s Landing in trying to increase speed as well as standing on a single leg to increase balance and dexterity.
Though Arya Stark is young and small she has had to grow up quickly after the tragic death of her father Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark. As soon as he is beheaded on the order of newly crowned King Joffrey, Arya is smuggled out of King’s Landing to protect her from the Lannisters who are set on taking her hostage.
Brandin Cooks’ size and quickness makes him a lethal assassin to all defenders and dangerous in the open field. He is extremely deft at using his hands to bring in passes during tight coverage. At first Cooks short stature can seem unthreatening, but that thinking is quickly undone with a quick first step and long touchdown receptions.
Early in Cooks NFL career he was overlooked and underestimated by opposing defenses, but after some impressive plays, opponents quickly changed their game plans to focus on the young receiver.
Cooks, much like Arya, went through some adversity in his rookie season as he suffered a broken thumb in a Week 11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. Though the injury was painful, Cooks did not give up and went to work in the offseason to increase his skill-set.
It was not all roses in 2015 either, as Cooks saw ups and downs in his first season as the number one threat in the Saints offense. He found trouble navigating the field when matched against a defense’s number one cornerback.
Through extra training and increased practice time, Cooks is well on his way to remaining a lethal assassin in the Saints offense.
The road may be tough but the future is bright for the young Oregon State graduate. Just as Arya Stark has learned in her journey to the isle of Braavos, the tougher the road to success the sweeter the victory can be.
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