Brian Cushing, The Texans Linebacker who finished third all-time in career tackles, needs to have his name added to the ring. As of now, there is only one player (Andre Johnson) and that definitely needs to change.
Cushing in his nine-year career (spent solely in Houston) was a menace to opposing teams while also being the leader of the defense. In his career, he was selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season of 2009. That same rookie season he won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Cushing earned Second-team All-Pro 2011, along with nine forced fumbles in his career and eight interceptions. His case is an easy one when just looking at the numbers, but there’s one thing that may prevent him from entering.
The only thing holding him back is his history with performance-enhancing drugs. While Cushing was an amazing player, one has to wonder how much of that was Cushing’s natural skill and how much of it was the PED’s?
Cushing remains a fan favorite in Houston to this day regardless of his checkered past. His case is the most intriguing one by far.