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Brian Cushing

Roids or no roids, Cushing is defensive rookie of the year.

Houston Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing won the defensive rookie of the year again, in an unprecedented re-vote by the Associated Press, which hands out the award.

The re-vote was called after Cushing was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on steroids and related substances.

Cushing didn’t receive anywhere near the 39 votes he got the first time around and overall, the race was much closer. Cushing received 18 votes, followed by Buffalo Bills’ safety Dairus Byrd, who finished second again, this time with 13 votes.

The Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews again finished third, this time with 10 votes. Matthews received three votes the first time. Brian Orakpo again finished fourth (see a pattern here?) with three votes, one more than the first time voting was conducted.

A new entry to the list of players receiving votes was the St. Louis Rams’ James Laurinaitis, who somehow didn’t receive any support on the first vote, but managed to get one vote this time.

So, what does this all prove?

It proves some people won’t support guys who use steroids or are suspected of using steroids.

It proves most people still think Cushing was the best defensive rookie in 2009, whether he used steroids or not.

And most importantly, it proves that the AP are a bunch of self-important assholes who conducted a re-vote for an award for no apparent reason other than to give that award to the same guy again.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. jeremy May 12, 2010

    This started out as something admirable and turned out to be a horse and pony show.

  2. jeremy May 12, 2010

    This started out as something admirable and turned out to be a horse and pony show.

  3. Taryn May 13, 2010

    The NFL wants to rid itself of PED’s and yet it will allow some of these sports writers to condone it’s use by this re-vote outcome.The NFL needs now to rescind that priviledge of those writers.Hence why these Trophys are a joke and should hold no bargaining merit for a player who wins it from the use of PED’s.