Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
13. Brian Cushing wins rookie of the year in a revote, despite failed drug test
Brian Cushing was not the first Houston Texans linebacker to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but he was the first to win it and then need a revote to keep the award.
Following word of his failed drug test in 2009, Cushing was suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2010 season. After winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award with 39 votes, Cushing had to sit through a revote to see if the suspension would change the minds of the Associated Press voters.
While some did change their stance, Cushing still received 18 votes and won the award again. The linebacker was thankful for being able to keep the award.
"“I was just glad to hear the news, that people stuck by me. Very honored,” Cushing said. “I’m very happy to have the award once again, and I’m just happy with how everything turned out.”"
The first round pick was a beast on the field in 2009 as the USC product recorded 133 tackles with four sacks and four interceptions. The failed test put some doubt in people’s mind about Cushing, but it was still believed he was the best rookie defensive player out there that season.
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