If you go back and look at the archived posts on BRB from the 2009 draft season, you might notice a bit of a theme leading up to, during, and immediately after the 2009 NFL Draft. That theme may have been best exemplified by this post, in which I, in my typically understated manner, reacted to the news that Brian Cushing was a Houston Texan as follows:
Well, I hate this pick more than any other pick Smithiak has ever made. I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. I hate life.
Now, about two and a half years later, here I am bestowing the highest fake honor I can upon Mr. Cushing. That of the Samsung Game Ball of the Week.
To borrow a phrase from noted wordsmith Michael Scott, "Well, well, well...how the turntables..."
Cushing missed the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and then appeared to be a shell of the player he had been in 2009 when he did get on the field. This season, though? He's been unreal, perhaps even better than his historic 2009 campaign.
Cushing's excellence was on full display again in Sunday's victory over Jacksonville as he notched 7 tackles, an interception, and a number of things that won't appear in a box score (e.g., seemingly being around the ball at all times). With Mario Williams lost for the year and DeMeco Ryans barely over a year removed from his career-threating Achilles injury, the Texans have needed Cushing to step up, and he has. All season long.
The least I can do is foist this fictional award upon him. Kudos.Jaguars vs Texans coverage