Brian Cushing grateful still to be playing after “over 20” surgeries

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Linebacker Brian Cushing has undergone so many surgeries since the Texans made him a first-round pick in 2009 that he’s lost count. He knows it’s “over 20.”

“There were times when I thought I might not be able to play anymore,” Cushing said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I’m still able to come out there and play the game I love.

“It’s been a collective effort by a lot of people, from the trainers and coaches to my wife and parents. I’m very grateful and feel blessed to be able to play.”

Cushing has missed 29 games with injuries in his eight seasons.

Although his only Pro Bowl season came his rookie season, Cushing remains the “heart and soul” of the Texans defense, according to coach Bill O’Brien.

“It means a lot,” Cushing said. “I’m going into my ninth year, and I’ve been a passionate player my entire life. I love football, and I enjoy coming out here every day and competing and getting better.

“Every offseason, you miss [playing]. The older I get, the more I miss it every offseason and realize how much I still enjoy competing and playing. I love the game more and more.”

8 responses to “Brian Cushing grateful still to be playing after “over 20” surgeries

  1. I’m not even a Texans fan, but this guy has been a great player and a proud warrior for nearly a decade now. People will criticize him for some of the banned substances he used, but most of his detractors have never played a single down of football, at any level.

  2. Over 20 surgeries??? This China doll should do himself a huge favor and just retire. He’s played 9 seasons. He’s got money and nothing else to prove. Hang them up buddy!!

  3. bearssuck says:
    Jul 28, 2017 6:03 PM
    Over 20 surgeries??? This China doll should do himself a huge favor and just retire. He’s played 9 seasons. He’s got money and nothing else to prove. Hang them up buddy!!

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    We must have a different idea of what a China doll is, bro. Any player that has been in the league for over 8 seasons, as a linebacker of all positions, is NO China doll. Your comment was so stupid, I felt obligated to comment.

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