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Ray Lewis was Brian Cushing’s childhood hero

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Two of the best inside linebackers in football face off Sunday in Baltimore.

Ray Lewis, now 36 years old, has his best shot at a second Super Bowl ring in years. Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is trying to help the Texans win their second playoff game ever.

Cushing has been looking up to Lewis a long time.

“Ray’s the best that’s ever played,” Cushing said via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s the guy I grew up watching. He’s the guy I wanted to model my game after.”

There are some similarities. They are both versatile, emotional, and give great effort. They both had controversial off-field incidents early in their career.  The two men have a mutual admiration society.

“I just think [Cushing] plays with a very, very, very high motor,” Lewis said. “It’s one special thing that every linebacker, a good linebacker, has to have. And that is one thing that I appreciate about the way he plays football.”

Cushing has a long way to go to be in Lewis’ class historically, but Cushing is the better player now. Lewis hasn’t been the same since a toe injury suffered during the season. Cushing’s play rose dramatically this year. He’s been the engine to the Houston’s defense.

That defense will have to be dominant Sunday to have a chance to win. They have to compensate for a quarterback that is not Super Bowl ready, which is a problem Lewis knows all about.

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47 Responses to “Ray Lewis was Brian Cushing’s childhood hero”
  1. rc33 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    Based on the picture, I would’ve guessed Classy Freddie Blassie, the Hollywood fashion plate.

  2. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 12, 2012 3:07 PM

    This is too easy, note to self to remember to not go to any night clubs with Cushing if ever asked.

  3. thashark316 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:08 PM

    “I just think [Cushing] plays with a very, very, very high motor,” Lewis said.

    High motor = white guy. Haha.

  4. ireportyoudecide says: Jan 12, 2012 3:10 PM

    Nothing wrong with that, I have always modeled myself after O.J. Simpson. They both made a minor mistake resulting in someone dying but besides that great guys.

  5. marvsleezy says: Jan 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    There are some similarities to the 2 players. Lewis seems a little bit bigger stronger and faster and is a little bit meaner though.

  6. hatesycophants says: Jan 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    Lawrence Taylor is the best linebacker in recent history. I will defer to Cushing on his personal preference, but LT is still the guy.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  7. zackattack410 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    Underhanded comment about Flacco…??? CHECK

  8. geniusesq says: Jan 12, 2012 3:17 PM

    Joe Flacco thinks Brian Cushing gets too much attention.

  9. geniusesq says: Jan 12, 2012 3:17 PM

    Despite being 36, Ray Lewis will remind Cushing why he idolized him.

  10. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    Ray Lewis a hero? You must be kidding.

  11. dexterismyhero says: Jan 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    Before or after the Obstruction of Justice charge?

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Jan 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    Remember when Aaron Curry was the no-doubt linebacker in that draft?

  13. drabelincoln says: Jan 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    His hero? I guess thats true…he’s emulating him with the HGH thing. Ray Ray is just smart enough to NOT get caught……next thing you know Brian will be involved in a double homicide.

  14. needle379 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:32 PM

    Cushing has a very good chance to have the career Ray Lewis had if he stays healthy

  15. romeisburningtfb says: Jan 12, 2012 3:34 PM

    “They both had controversial off-field incidents early in their career.”

    Didn’t Ray Lewis murder a guy? I’d think the steroid issue isn’t that big of a deal comparatively.

  16. rexryanseacrest says: Jan 12, 2012 3:41 PM

    This game on Sunday reminds me of the Ravens / Titans game in the divisional round in 2008. Like the Ravens this year, the Titans were heavily favored and no one gave the team with a rookie QB (Flacco) a chance. Both teams featured solid defenses and a strong run game (Chris Johnson for the Titans, and the 3-headed monster combo of McClain, Mcgahee, and Rice for the Ravens). The score was something like 13-10 Ravens, but the Ravens had no business winning the game. I remember jumping up and down in my living room like a lunatic when Stover hit the field goal to win it.

    I think the Ravens will win this weekend because of playoff experience and strong veteran leadership, but with defenses this good anything can happen.

  17. earthtopft says: Jan 12, 2012 3:45 PM

    Brain Crushing.

  18. steelerfanjo says: Jan 12, 2012 3:58 PM

    Anybody that has Ray Lewis as an idol is someone who needs counseling. Wow – what a world we live in.

  19. kotapug says: Jan 12, 2012 4:01 PM

    Idol ? Brian must want to get by with murder

  20. andyreidcarboload says: Jan 12, 2012 4:01 PM

    needle379 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:32 PM

    Cushing has a very good chance to have the career Ray Lewis had if he stays healthy
    —————————————————————–
    Your handle is ‘needle’, oh the irony.

  21. wawa33 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:05 PM

    Did he idiolize Ray after he lied about witnessing a murder?

  22. southpaw2k says: Jan 12, 2012 4:07 PM

    Okay, so let’s do a head count here. Which players who, whenever a PFT story is written about them, will always have a few super old jokes made at their expense even though those jokes are so incredibly past the point of being funny?

    Ray Lewis was a murderer
    Ben Roethlisberger was a rapist
    Rex Ryan is fat and loves feet
    Michael Vick was a dog killer
    Chris Johnson can’t speak English clearly
    Jay Cutler is a wimp

    Who else did I miss?

  23. djaehne says: Jan 12, 2012 4:07 PM

    This will be a blood and guts game. No one will lose but only one will advance.

  24. mrcogburn says: Jan 12, 2012 4:20 PM

    Makes sense. Both of them think they are above the law.

  25. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 12, 2012 4:35 PM

    zackattack410 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 3:15 PM
    Underhanded comment about Flacco…??? CHECK

    ____________________________

    Wow… even with a 410 in your name you still fail to realize the comment was about Trent Dilfer…..

    Epic Fail

  26. fittytuckin says: Jan 12, 2012 4:39 PM

    Hell, Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth were my idols.

  27. golonger says: Jan 12, 2012 4:40 PM

    Texans….the buck stops here….be prepared to lose BADLY.

    All the Ray haters are just jealous their team never has….nor even will have a HOF of that quality.

  28. painkiller20 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:46 PM

    Lots of original people in this thread

  29. thefnlimit says: Jan 12, 2012 5:12 PM

    The posts here are ridiculous. Cushing idolized Lewis AS A PLAYER. The murder jokes don’t f-cking matter. Does he ever say he wanted to be Ray Lewis????

    “Ray’s the best that’s ever played,” Cushing said via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s the guy I grew up watching. He’s the guy I wanted to model my game after.”

    Nope, just model his game, says he’s the best ever. Stupid people.

  30. mezanine10 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:22 PM

    Dear Brian,

    It sucks to get busted for ‘roids like you did. However, I’m glad your play returned to a high level. You’ve proven your performance wasn’t all due to being juiced up.

    Signed,

    Shawn Merriman

  31. pdmjr says: Jan 12, 2012 5:23 PM

    Ray is washed up and Cushing likes to enhance his performance level. Well at least he hasn’t killed anyone

  32. huskersrock1 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:29 PM

    I always thought it would be Barry Bonds.

  33. thefnlimit says: Jan 12, 2012 5:46 PM

    mezanine10 says:Jan 12, 2012 5:22 PM

    Dear Brian,

    It sucks to get busted for ‘roids like you did. However, I’m glad your play returned to a high level. You’ve proven your performance wasn’t all due to being juiced up.

    Signed,

    Shawn Merriman

    ===============================

    Nice…

  34. greevz52 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:47 PM

    Love how every time something about Ray Lewis is mentioned, his haters come out in droves to mention his trial. It’s alright guys; we know you wish he would’ve played on your defense this whole time. No need to openly admit your jealousy, since the middle linebackers on your team have been nowhere near as good

  35. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 12, 2012 5:48 PM

    Look at all you losers still calling Lewis a murderer. Just cause he made the mistake of hanging out with someone who MIGHT have done it. Get your facts straight! You wish he was on your team.

  36. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 12, 2012 5:52 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Jan 12, 2012 3:15 PM
    Lawrence Taylor is the best linebacker in recent history. I will defer to Cushing on his personal preference, but LT is still the guy.
    ——————————————–

    Easy there, I think Cushing was referring to Ray Lewis being the best Inside Linebacker ever, you know, the position HE plays!

    LT was an outside linebacker.

  37. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 12, 2012 6:58 PM

    And people give Tebow a hard time for worshipping God. I appreciate “on the field” Ray off the field he’s just another Turd that wasn’t raised right.

  38. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 12, 2012 7:49 PM

    But Lewis didn’t have to be on the juice to get to where he is.

  39. frenchy121212 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:21 PM

    Cushing is a punk. I loved it when Blaine gabbert called him an “m fer” for diving at him when he was already out of bounds. Must have been roid rage

  40. oldcracker says: Jan 12, 2012 8:42 PM

    I wonder if Cushing has Lewis’ attorney on speed-dial yet?

  41. hatesycophants says: Jan 12, 2012 8:48 PM

    I am well aware of which position each man plays/played. Since when did comparing linebackers become so specific? Cushing sure as heck doesn’t specify. Some of you bitches are little overly sensitive when it comes to your heroes. JFC.

    My original post was: “Remember that time Ray Lewis murdered two guys and got away with it? Good times. Good times.”

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  42. raqaiw says: Jan 12, 2012 9:19 PM

    dexterismyhero says: Jan 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    Before or after the Obstruction of Justice charge?
    _____________________________________Ray did get charged with obstruction of justice once, but he’s been convicted of obstruction of offense for 16 years. He’s also under investigation for murdering Eddie George,Willie Parker, and Rashard(“don’t be so hard on terrorists!”)Mendenhall’s careers. He’s been convicted of aggravated assault on quarterbacks for the last decade and a half and is probably destined for life in the NFL HOF once the long arm of father time finally catches up to him. Sad part is he’s spawned a bunch of copycat criminals because he’s been on the loose for so long, such as Cushing,Willis,Beason,etc.

    Your pointless hatred only makes him stronger.

  43. raiderapologist says: Jan 12, 2012 10:00 PM

    Even with his bad toe, Lewis is still better against the pass.

  44. mlbbal52 says: Jan 13, 2012 1:02 AM

    This was the best post ever! All you haters bringing up that old ass trial need to shut up. Were you there did you see him do it was a proven…NO. So years later your jealousy causes you to bring up something so weak cause you can’t say things like “he sucks”, “he’s a horrible middle linebacker”, “he not a leader”, “he’s not a champion”, “he not probably the greatest MLB ever”…all you have is “murder” “murderer” “trial”…that is lame man. Get off his stuff and just enjoy the time left we have to watch such greatness. Oh and those of you saying he lost a step that must mean your middle linebacker never had a step because out side of the guys whole idolize him and are successful all your MLBs suck. Rest in peace Pittsburgh. They say the Ravens window is closing well look at the majority of the D that is there most of them are still young and got years ahead of them and a few drafts will supplement the guys who’s careers are ending…
    ________________________________ Ray did get charged with obstruction of justice once, but he’s been convicted of obstruction of offense for 16 years. He’s also under investigation for murdering Eddie George,Willie Parker, and Rashard(“don’t be so hard on terrorists!”)Mendenhall’s careers. He’s been convicted of aggravated assault on quarterbacks for the last decade and a half and is probably destined for life in the NFL HOF once the long arm of father time finally catches up to him. Sad part is he’s spawned a bunch of copycat criminals because he’s been on the loose for so long, such as Cushing,Willis,Beason,etc.

    Your pointless hatred only makes him stronger.

  45. peteypabs says: Jan 13, 2012 2:38 AM

    I decided to read the comments so I could count how many times you trolls mention that Ray Lewis murdered someone
    Seriously, get some new material, its pathetic

  46. pkpittny says: Jan 13, 2012 10:35 AM

    It’s so sad to see all these steroid comments, it really is. I grew up with the kid in bergen county and he’s the hardest working kid that i know. To the outside world, he’s a big nasty, freaky linebacker….so everyone jumps to the conclusion that he’s definitely on juice. First of all, he’s a smart kid. He’s not some meat-head idiot that would jeopardize his career/legacy by taking such a stupid risk.

    2nd, for those who are convinced he was on steroids….why did he finish out the end of his rookie season stronger than the beginning? There was a flurry of negative tests following the fluke positive test in the beginning of that season. And don’t blame his drop of production in his 2nd season on steroid-withdrawal. He switched to middle linebacker, its a totally different position. Look at him now, bussin skulls. Arguably the best ILB in football next to P.Willis.

  47. bearsoxass says: Jan 14, 2012 7:52 AM

    A criminal and a drug user..

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