The Houston Texans, long known for their wise draft picks, chose USC linebacker Brian Cushing in the first round of the NFL draft. As long as Houston has been known as rather vaudevillian organization, Cushing has been rumored to juice. Today, the Houston Chronicle defends Cushing as a victim of nasty internet rumor-mongering.
In discussing why Texans first-round draft pick Brian Cushing was the guy the Texans’ defensive coordinator wanted the team to take in the draft, Bush explained that it was partly because Cushing reminded him of someone.
“His demeanor, his intensity and the way he played the game reminded me of a player I coached at Denver,” Bush said.
The player? Bill Romanowski.
The last thing Bush wanted to do on such a special day for the linebacker from USC was initiate a discussion of steroid use, but when you bring up Romanowski. …
Actually, with Cushing you can’t really initiate steroid talk, only join in.
Fantastic Freudian slip. However, the Chron debunks the myth of Cushing and 'roids. How? Taking Cushing's word (that's never gone wrong before has it?; note the photo on the left was taken when Cushing was rehabbing from shoulder surgery thus it isn't quite 'fair' to be used as a comparison)
But the days when those who succeed simply faced accusations of working hard are long behind us.
Instead, we get “He’s fast. He’s strong. His body is cut. So he must be cheating.”
“I told every team that I never did (steroids),” Cushing said. “I’ve passed every drug test out there.
“I’m not that kind of guy.”
No athlete who juiced ever denied it, right? Even one who proclaimed himself as part of USC's "White Nation" a couple years ago.
Cushing, who measured in at 6-3, 246 pounds at the NFL Combine, is an admitted health nut who doesn’t do junk food. He has his meals delivered to him by a nutritionist. He has worked with a trainer since high school. And of course he hits the weight room with passion.
To many, that adds up to a steroids user.
After he went from being a 165-pound freshman to a 225-pound terror and the top linebacker in the country at Bergen Catholic (Park Ridge, N.J.), students at rival high schools taunted Cushing with steroids-based chants.
If the report of a high school kid increasing his weight from 165 to 225 form age 14 to 18 doesn't give one pause for thought, nothing does. True, significant growth occurs in adolescents. And true, Cushing sports a tall 6-3 frame. But gaining from 165 to 225lbs, or 60 pounds IN HIGH SCHOOL in 4 years is incredible. All muscle too we bet.
Are there any McDonalds in New Jersey?
Linebacker U (Southern Cal) started with the 2005 class. All incredible stories. All will be alumni of the same school that produced Mark McGwire. Interesting. Whats in the water down there? Test it.