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Wolf
01-14-2010, 11:12 PM
After being selected 15th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California, Park Ridge native Brian Cushing said he hoped to step in and make an immediate impact on the team.
Park Ridge native Brian Cushing, pictured above right rushing the quarterback, was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and will be one of four players representing the Houston Texans in the Pro Bowl later this month.

Park Ridge native Brian Cushing, pictured above right rushing the quarterback, was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and will be one of four players representing the Houston Texans in the Pro Bowl later this month.

Now, with 16 professional games behind him, the longest and toughest season the 22-year-old has played, the accolades are rolling in for the rookie outside linebacker. Last week Cushing was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and will be one of four players representing Houston in the Pro Bowl later this month.

He was the runaway choice for the award, securing 39 out of 50 votes from a nationwide panel of writers and broadcasters covering the league. ESPN recently named him #7 on a list of USC Players of the Decade and he is one of five candidates for NFL Rookie of the Year award, to be named next month before the Super Bowl.

The season got off to a rocky start when Cushing suffered a sprained knee in August, forcing him to miss all four pre-season games. But from his first professional game against the New York Jets on Sept. 9, he proved to be one of the Texans most durable players, not missing a single game and leading the AFC in tackles with 133, 86 of them primary. He also recorded five sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, one safety, and 14 passes deflected.

Looking back on the season, Cushing said he's "banged up," but happy. "It was a long first season. It's something you envision the whole time you're growing up, and you just hope it can all come together."



http://www.northjersey.com/sports/81422492_Park_Ridge_native_Brian_Cushing_named_Def ensive_Rookie_of_the_Year.html

redwhiteANDblue
01-15-2010, 12:06 AM
what...a...beast...

m5kwatts
01-15-2010, 12:44 AM
If I had millions of dollars in my bank account I know I wouldn't be in a college class room, shows his dedication. I'm also glad he's not in the weight room killing himself, good to see he's taking it easy in the offseason.

DiehardChris
01-15-2010, 02:04 AM
If I had millions of dollars in my bank account I know I wouldn't be in a college class room, shows his dedication. I'm also glad he's not in the weight room killing himself, good to see he's taking it easy in the offseason.

Hm.

I'm pretty sure that if I was Brian Cushing - a millionaire and already beloved and a big man on campus at USC - I couldn't WAIT to get back to USC. I'm just going to take a shot in the dark and guess that finishing his degree isn't the only reason he's back on campus. I lived in LA. I've been on that campus.

Yep.

m5kwatts
01-15-2010, 02:18 AM
Hm.

I'm pretty sure that if I was Brian Cushing - a millionaire and already beloved and a big man on campus at USC - I couldn't WAIT to get back to USC. I'm just going to take a shot in the dark and guess that finishing his degree isn't the only reason he's back on campus. I lived in LA. I've been on that campus.

Yep.

Lol I guess there is that angle too. And I'm sure he gets a lot of leniency from his professors when it comes to grades.

houstonspartan
01-15-2010, 03:22 AM
Gary Kubiak makes me want to cancel my season tickets...

...Brian Cushing makes me want to renew them.

We have some cool-ass players on our team.

4Texans
01-15-2010, 08:34 AM
During the course of the season Cushing was a frequent name on the injury report, enduring a cracked rib, broken finger, and a stress fracture in his foot. But he was able to struggle through and play each game, hardly missing a snap, something he says he is proud of. "It was a tough year, but you know, it's football and you just have to play through the pain."

What a gamer! I didn't realize that he had a cracked rib during the season.

No More 8-8's
01-15-2010, 09:21 AM
Is he a Park Ridge native?

infantrycak
01-15-2010, 09:42 AM
Gary Kubiak makes me want to cancel my season tickets...

Yeah going 20-12 at home sure has made me want to cancel my tickets.

HOU-TEX
01-15-2010, 09:48 AM
Gary Kubiak makes me want to cancel my season tickets...

...Brian Cushing makes me want to renew them.

We have some cool-ass players on our team.

And who is it that had a huge hand in bringing those "cool-ass players" here?

Is he a Park Ridge native?

Ha, thought the same thing.

rmartin65
01-15-2010, 10:40 AM
What a gamer! I didn't realize that he had a cracked rib during the season.

Neither did I. Tough dude, I have had cracked ribs before. It is not a fun time.

houstonspartan
01-15-2010, 12:54 PM
And who is it that had a huge hand in bringing those "cool-ass players" here?



Ha, thought the same thing.

You can't be serious. Look, I don't want to get into another long, drawn out circular debate about Kubiak. But I'll say this: I don't give a shit if he brought them here or not if he can't use them the way they should be used. It's tragic how much Kubiak is wasting this talent.

And, just for the record, it's pretty much been stated that Rick Smith really wanted Cushing. Not that Kubiak didn't, but he apparently undecided and on the fence (as usual) and Rick Smith made the push.

HOU-TEX
01-15-2010, 01:02 PM
You can't be serious. Look, I don't want to get into another long, drawn out circular debate about Kubiak. But I'll say this: I don't give a shit if he brought them here or not if he can't use them the way they should be used. It's tragic how much Kubiak is wasting this talent.

And, just for the record, it's pretty much been stated that Rick Smith really wanted Cushing. Not that Kubiak didn't, but he apparently undecided and on the fence (as usual) and Rick Smith made the push.

I was being a bit sarcastic to begin with, champ. Kubiak is wasting talent, huh?

Actually, it was Frank Bush who wanted Cushing the most out of all of them. Kubiak was undecided? Come on, seriously? Ha, good grief

DexmanC
01-15-2010, 03:00 PM
Hopefully, Cushing realizes the NFL is a completely different animal
in your second season, when the coaches have all that tape on you...

I believe Cush will keep bustin' his ass to improve, and not rest on his
laurels.

<I'm talking to you, Steve Slaton.>

infantrycak
01-15-2010, 03:05 PM
I believe Cush will keep bustin' his ass to improve, and not rest on his
laurels.

<I'm talking to you, Steve Slaton.>

Slaton worked hard to put on muscle mass during the off-season just like a lot of fans wanted who were over-concerned with his size. Not a good example of slacking even if it didn't turn out well.

4Texans
01-15-2010, 03:06 PM
And, just for the record, it's pretty much been stated that Rick Smith really wanted Cushing. Not that Kubiak didn't, but he apparently undecided and on the fence (as usual) and Rick Smith made the push.

Wasn't the choice between Cushing and Matthews? I'm certainly glad we chose Cushing, but Matthews turned out pretty good in Green Bay.

I can't wait to see what Cush does in his sophmore season.

DexmanC
01-15-2010, 03:10 PM
Slaton worked hard to put on muscle mass during the off-season just like a lot of fans wanted who were over-concerned with his size. Not a good example of slacking even if it didn't turn out well.

Working even harder in the film room would have payed dividends. I'm
sure he didn't do a Jerry Rice or Randy Moss-style gauntlet during the
offseason. Only players who improve in both the mental AND physical
aspects of tthe game during the offseason will avoid that collosal
collapse.

infantrycak
01-15-2010, 03:18 PM
Working even harder in the film room would have payed dividends. I'm
sure he didn't do a Jerry Rice or Randy Moss-style gauntlet during the
offseason. Only players who improve in both the mental AND physical
aspects of tthe game during the offseason will avoid that collosal
collapse.

We have zero information to say Slaton was lazy in the film room.

Lucky
01-15-2010, 11:38 PM
Actually, it was Frank Bush who wanted Cushing the most out of all of them.
That's how I remember it.

You really couldn't go wrong with any of the 3 USC LBers (Matthews, Maualuga, & Cushing). But, you could be more right. And Cushing was a righteous pick.

Wolf
01-16-2010, 07:34 PM
another Cushlash article
Texans SLB Brian Cushing believes that Houston's four-game winning streak to finish the season could have a carryover effect in a 2010 campaign in which expectations will be higher than ever.

"I think we definitely have some momentum," said Cushing, voted to the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He added, "We're just really confident."

Cushing, who led the team in tackles (133) and tied for the team lead in interceptions (four), was one of the catalysts of the Texans' defensive improvement in 2009. Houston finished tied for 13th in yards allowed per game and was much more sound as the season progressed.

"He brought an element to our team that, I don't want to say it's been missing, but he brought another element to our football team," head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after the season. "His love for the game, his passion, his play, playing beat up all these things playing like a 10-year vet from the day he stepped on the field. The players respect what he does with the game and how he goes about his business."


http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/01/15/thrown-into-deep-end-texans-cushing-thrived