Let me begin by answering my own question - Yes ! Absolutely Yes !But if you remember the Draft like I do, you know Cushing was in the "green room" with other players and acted anything but thrilled when the announcement was made that he was being picked by the Texans. And the way he was embraced by his family/friends at the announcement was almost embarrasing - I recall the behavior when his own mother hugged him. It seemed almost like an act of condolence. I dunno what the problem was, maybe there was another team(s) he was hoping to play for ? Maybe he just didn't specifically want to come tocome to Houston ? But if I've learned one thing about Cushing, it's that this is one guy who truely breathes, eats, drinks and lives football. And if he doesn't know by now he will soon know that this rabid football community has embraced him and his intensity, his sheer love of the game, and his prowess on the field as the real deal when it comes to being a hard-nosed LB like his beloved USC never did and really could. For the people of Southern California I suspect Cushing was just another good football player on a team that was used to ESPN-hyped celebs like Sanchez and former stars like Leinert and Bush. And word is they routinely had real celebs like Will Farrel show up for practice. But here Cushing gets a mild flu-bug the first month he's on the team and many local fans treat it with the urgency of a sickness in their own family. I think he's gonna feel the admiration and support and appreciation, yea the love, like he never knew on the West Coast. And I think he's gonna respond in kind because he's that kind of guy.