Brian Cushing

Football Player + Linebacker
Born Jan 24, 1987

Brian Cushing is a professional American football inside linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Cushing was selected in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Texans. He played college football at the University of Southern California.… Read More

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  • Retaining Linebackers Coach Mike Vrabel Instrumental To Texans’ Defense
    Houston Chronicle - Jan 22, 2016
  • Grading The Texans: John Mc Clain Explains His 2015 Report Card
    Houston Chronicle - Jan 21, 2016
  • Chip Kelly Description Of Ideal 49ers Defensive Coordinator Fits Texans’ Mike Vrabel
    Houston Chronicle - Jan 20, 2016
  • Texans Assistant Mike Vrabel Interviewing For 49ers’ Defensive Coordinator Job
    Houston Chronicle - Jan 19, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Cushing.


1987 Birth Born on January 24, 1987.


2004 17 Years Old Cushing trained throughout his childhood in Park Ridge, New Jersey. Cushing attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey and went on to lead the Crusaders to the 2004 Group IV State Championship as a linebacker, tight end, and running back against Don Bosco Preparatory High School, providing huge plays in the 13-10 win.
He was named "2004 North Jersey Player of the Year" by The Record (Bergen County). and played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside future USC teammates Patrick Turner, Rey Maualuga and Mark Sanchez. … Read More
2006 19 Years Old Cushing returned a failed onside kick attempted by Notre Dame at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a late fourth-quarter touchdown on November 25, 2006.


2007 20 Years Old On January 1, 2007, Cushing was named the Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl Game, after recording 2½ sacks and forcing a third-quarter fumble that changed the momentum of the game. … Read More
Cushing was one of twelve senior USC players, including the four senior linebackers Cushing, Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews III and Rey Maualuga, invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine.
He was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as a starter. … Read More
2011 24 Years Old During training camp heading into the 2011 season, Cushing was told that he would be switching from outside to inside linebacker due to the new 3-4 defense. … Read More
2012 25 Years Old 1 More Event
During the second quarter of the October 8, 2012 Monday night Houston Texans win over the New York Jets, Cushing left the game with what appeared to be a knee injury which was later confirmed to be a torn ACL.
2013 26 Years Old During the October 20, 2013, game against Kansas City, Cushing broke his fibula and tore his fibular collateral ligament after a low block from Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles in the third quarter. … Read More
2014 27 Years Old Cushing started the 2014 NFL season well despite being brought along slowly to start the season, collecting 37 tackles in the first four games as the Texans opened with an impressive 3-1 record. … Read More
2016 29 Years Old During Week 1 against the Chicago Bears on September 11, 2016, Cushing reportedly suffered a partially torn MCL. … Read More
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