Brian Cushing
American football player, linebacker
Brian Cushing
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.
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Retaining linebackers coach Mike Vrabel instrumental to Texans’ defense
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Convincing linebackers coach Mike Vrabel to remain with the Texans ranks as coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith’s most pivotal move so far weeks into the offseason. Vrabel remained with the Texans, landing a hefty raise in the process after turning down Chip Kelly’s offer to be the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator after interviewing Tuesday for the job. There will undoubtedly be other future opportunities for the 40-year-old to run a defense. Vrabel is learning behind 68-year-old defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, one of the most experienced and highest-compensated defensive coordinators in the game. There are scenarios where Vrabel could eventually succeed Crennel down the road. Vrabel is a fiery former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker who’s a tough, passionate coach who relates well to his players. The former New England Patriots standout has a demanding style, but also communicates well. He was instrumental in the development of outside linebacker Whitney Me ...
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Grading the Texans: John McClain explains his 2015 report card
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Now that my 10-part series on grading the Texans is finished, I will try to rationalize my reasons for the grades (click through the gallery above to see the grades and highs/lows for each position). I hope you voted in our Texans polls to see how our grades compared. Looking back, was I too easy or too hard? Now that you’ve had time to think about it, were you too easy or too hard? !function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');s.id=id; s.src='//pollware-cdn.sodahead.com/pollware/pollware_890.js'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); I didn’t give an A or even a B+ because every position as well as the coaching/front office contributed to the 2-5 start. No matter how well the Texans did during their 7-2 finish that earned them a 9-7 record and an AFC South title, they couldn’t just wipe out the abysmal start, including the blowouts at Atlanta and Miami. And losing the wild-card game 30-0 to K ...
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Chip Kelly description of ideal 49ers defensive coordinator fits Texans’ Mike Vrabel
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
When the San Francisco 49ers introduced Chip Kelly as their new head coach Wednesday, the former Philadelphia Eagles and Oregon coach described his ideal candidate for a defensive coordinator. It sounded a lot like the man he interviewed Tuesday for the job: Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. “I’m looking for a defensive coordinator that can shut people out,” Kelly said during his press conference. “I’m a base 3-4 guy.” So is Vrabel and fellow candidate Eric Mangini, the incumbent defensive coordinator that Kelly also has interviewed for the job. A fiery former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker with the New England Patriots who’s coached Brian Cushing and Whitney Mercilus the past two seasons, Vrabel also has a strong recommendation from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Belichick has gushed about Vrabel, whom he coached for the majority of his NFL career. Belichick and Kelly, a former University of New Hampshire coach who frequently attended Patriots practices, are friends. Vrabel wo ...
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Texans assistant Mike Vrabel interviewing for 49ers’ defensive coordinator job
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel has drawn the attention of new San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly and is interviewing Tuesday for their defensive coordinator job. Vrabel has coached the Texans’ linebackers for the past two seasons after a three-year stint coaching linebackers and the defensive line at Ohio State, his alma mater. Vrabel was instrumental in the development of outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus this past season as he recorded a career-high 12 sacks in his second season being coached by Vrabel with three more sacks in the Texans’ 30-0 playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Middle linebacker Brian Cushing led the team in tackles this past season. Outside linebacker John Simon had a career-high five sacks, and Vrabel coached rookie starting inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney, a second-round draft pick. While frequently battling injuries, outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney contributed a career-high 4 1/2 sacks. The former New England Patriots Pro Bow ...
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John McClain’s 2015 Texans report card: Linebackers
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
An improved performance by the linebackers played a significant role in the Texans ranking third in the NFL in defense and winning the AFC South with a 9-7 record. !function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');s.id=id; s.src='//pollware-cdn.sodahead.com/pollware/pollware_890.js'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); McCLAIN'S GRADE: B HIGHS Whitney Mercilus established a career high with 12 sacks and added three more in the playoff loss to Kansas City. Brian Cushing played 16 games for the first time since 2011 and finished with 110 tackles, the third-best total of his career. John Simon started eight games and came off the bench in eight more, registering five sacks, third on the team behind J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. LOWS Jadeveon Clowney couldn’t stay on the field because of injuries, none involving the microfracture surgery on his knee from 2014. Clowney finished with only 4 ½ sack ...
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Texans’ J.J. Watt looking forward to watching Wisconsin, brothers in Holiday Bowl
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
When the Wisconsin Badgers square off against the USC Trojans in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night, the game will have special meaning for Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt will stay up late, by his nocturnal standards, to take in the game. Derek Watt is a 6-2, 236-pound senior fullback. T.J. Watt is a 6-5, 244-pound sophomore outside linebacker. “They’re big,” Watt said of bowl games. “Tonight, my brothers both play in the bowl game, Derek, plays in his final game as a collegiate athlete. It’s a bittersweet moment. It’s a huge game for you, but it’s also your last game. For him, it’s really exciting and then he gets to take the next step toward working toward the NFL. “And my younger brother, T.J., it’s really his first bowl game he gets to participate in. So, he’s really excited about it. I’m going to have to take a pretty serious nap at the end of the day to stay up until their game.” Watt recalled his college experience before leaving Wisconsin to declare for t ...
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Texans quarterback T.J. Yates to undergo surgery Monday for torn ACL
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans backup quarterback T.J. Yates will undergo surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. “Getting surgery on Monday and starting the process,” he said. “I’m excited to get things going. I’m more annoyed than anything. I know I’ll come back. I know I’ll be fine, but it’s terrible timing for everything. I’m ready to get the process started.” Yates suffered the season-ending knee injury while scrambling against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. “It’s tough obviously, it’s never a good time to do one of these, it’s especially a little bit worse because I had another shot to play and play well and to lead this team to a good spot,” Yates said Thursday inside the Texans’ locker room. “I’m pretty bummed out about it. I was pretty darn sure I knew what happened right away. I had never felt anything like that before, but you knew right when it happens. “It’s terrible timing for myself, for this team. I know we’re in good hands and we’ll continue ...
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Texans injury report: J.J. Watt, Clowney, Cushing probable; Covington out
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans rookie defensive lineman Christian Covington was a late addition to the injury report with an ankle injury and has been ruled out for Sunday. Meanwhile, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, middle linebacker Brian Cushing and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney are all probable after returning to practice. Hoyer has been officially ruled out with a concussion and T.J. Yates will replace him. Hoyer was at work Friday and walked through the locker room and has been feeling better in recent days since suffering a head injury against the New England Patriots. The following players are also probable for the Texans: running back Alfred Blue (back), inside linebacker Max Bullough (shoulder), safety Quintin Demps (groin), tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (ankle), center Ben Jones (hand), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (back) and running back Chris Polk (knee). The Colts ruled out quarterback Andrew Luck (lacerated kidney, abdomen), safety Colt Anderson ...
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Texans’ defensive agenda starts with tackling Colts running back Frank Gore
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
The production of Indianapolis Colts veteran running back Frank Gore has declined this season. That hasn’t diminished the Texans’ respect for the five-time Pro Bowl selection’s ability to grind out tough yards, though. The 32-year-old Gore has rushed for 762 yards and four touchdowns, but has gained just 34, 24, 45 and 60 yards in the past four games. “It’s going to be a huge part of the game, obviously,” Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing said of Gore. “He’s one of the big focal points of their offense and really gets them going. So we eliminate him as best we can and just try to shut him down. We’re definitely hoping in our favor.” Texans veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork is likely to have some collisions with his former University of Miami teammate who typically runs between the tackles “It always starts with the run game, especially with a guy like Frank still running like a bull,” Wilfork said. “He’s still running like the way I saw him run in college. You talk about ...
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Texans injury report: J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing, Jadeveon Clowney still sidelined
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
For the second consecutive day, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, middle linebacker Brian Cushing, outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and quarterback Brian Hoyer didn’t practice. Hoyer has been declared out with a concussion and T.J. Yates will replace him. However, the three defensive players all are set to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. “Hoyer is out for this game,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday. “J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Jadeveon Clowney will all play in the game.” Cushing’s X-rays on his hip were determined to be negative following a loss to the New England Patriots. “I’ll be fine,” Cushing said. Cushing worked out on the side during practice and is able to run. Clowney has a hamstring injury that’s lingered for the past few weeks, but said he feels better and will definitely play Sunday. Watt has a broken left hand. He’s expected to start and play for the second game in a row. The following players participated fully: running back Alfre ...
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Texans injury report: Brian Cushing has hip injury
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing is dealing with a hip injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday, days after X-rays were determined to be negative following a loss to the New England Patriots. Cushing worked out on the side during practice and is able to run. Meanwhile, outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney has a hamstring injury that’s lingered for the past few weeks. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who has a broken left hand, and quarterback Brian Hoyer, ruled out with a concussion, didn’t practice. The following players participated fully: running back Alfred Blue (back), inside linebacker Max Bullough (shoulder), safety Quintin Demps (groin), tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (ankle), center Ben Jones (hand), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (back) and running back Chris Polk (knee). Colts safety Colt Anderson (ankle), cornerback Vontae Davis (knee), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring, ribs), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back, ribs), wide r ...
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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing banged up but set to play against Colts
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing was limping in the locker room Sunday night following a loss to the New England Patriots, but he is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Cushing had his leg examined and X-rays were negative. Cushing tied cornerback Kareem Jackson for the team lead with nine tackles against the Patriots. He played 61 snaps (91 percent of the defensive playing time) and leads the Texans with 96 tackles. “He’s banged up, but I think he’ll be ready to go next Sunday,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think it’s just a lower extremity deal, not sure exactly what it is. It’s not a major injury. What I’m saying is everybody is banged up this time of the year.” aaron.wilson@chron.com twitter.com/AaronWilson_NFL  
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Texans still control their playoff path with four games remaining
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
The next few weeks likely will determine whether the Texans return to the postseason for the first time in three seasons. With pivotal games against the New England Patriots on Sunday night and the Indianapolis Colts on the road next week where they’ve never won a game before at Lucas Oil Stadium, the 6-6 Texans have an opportunity to transform their season into something meaningful. The last time the Texans were in the playoffs, they were defeated by the Patriots. The Texans lost to the 6-6 Colts at NRG Stadium earlier this season and own victories over their final two opponents and AFC South games of the regular season: the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. “Yup, it’s right in front of us and we control our own destiny right now and we just got to worry about the next game,” Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing said. “The most important thing is to get the job done and win.” In order to win the division, though, the Texans will need to get their defense back to pl ...
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Usually reliable Texans defense stumbles in loss to Bills
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills star running back LeSean McCoy kept hitting the edges along the sideline Sunday, remaining a step ahead of the Texans’ usually stout defense. Elusive quarterback Tyrod Taylor was only sacked once and hit three times as his offensive line devoted considerable resources to hold Texans Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt to zero sacks and quarterback hits with his one sack nullified by a penalty. Taylor had sufficient time to deliver three touchdown passes. And the secondary, particularly rookie cornerback Kevin Johnson, had no answers for slowing down star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Not to mention the defense guessing wrong in coverage on the game-winning touchdown by tight end Charles Clay with no safeties accounting for him in the final minutes of a frustrating 30-21 Texans loss Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. “We just didn’t get it done,” Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing said. “Obviously, it’s a frustrating feeling knowing how importan ...
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NBC’s Rodney Harrison calls Texans ‘bottom feeders,’ doesn’t believe in Brian Hoyer
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Despite the presence of former Patriots compatriots Romeo Crennel and Vince Wilfork, NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison is still bearish on the Texans, and on the Colts, for that matter. “I don’t like either of these teams to be honest with you,” Harrison said during a conference call this week. “Both of them are bottom feeders. You look at Houston, they have Brian Hoyer. You cannot convince me to believe in Brian Hoyer; maybe to get to the playoffs, but to win a game? Absolutely not.” It isn’t the first time Harrison has sounded off on the Texans this season. After their 44-26 loss to Miami on Oct. 25, he called them “a team that is completely discouraged” and said he saw “some of their key players not even hustling.” Harrison accused linebacker Brian Cushing of loafing on a couple of plays. Cushing responded by saying he “could have played a lot harder” on a Dolphins touchdown.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Cushing
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    During Week 1 against the Chicago Bears on September 11, 2016, Cushing reportedly suffered a partially torn MCL.
    More Details Hide Details The injury does not require surgery but is projected to need 6 weeks to recover. Cushing is one of three children. His mother was born in Germany and his father was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is a descendant of the Cushing Brothers, who fought in the American Civil War (Alonzo Cushing having won the Medal of Honor). His brother Michael was a rugby player at Providence College, who earned First Team All-American Honors. Cushing is married to his college sweetheart Megan, who he began dating just prior to the NFL draft. The couple has two sons; one was born in 2012 and the other was born in July 2014.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing had 17 tackles in their loss to the New York Giants, tying the franchise record for tackles in a game.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Texans later announced that he would miss the remainder of the season.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    He was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing inked a deal worth six-year, $58.643 million contract extension that included $31 million guaranteed with the Houston Texans. Averaging $9.2 million for the next six years, making him the highest paid middle linebacker in the NFL.
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They believed that he would not have the quickness to get to the outside. All through high school and college Cushing was always an outside linebacker. In 2011, the Houston Texans finished the season with a 10-6 record and made it to the playoffs for the first time in team history. Cushing was named Team MVP and while he wasn't voted to the Pro-Bowl he earned AP 2nd Team All-Pro honors after finishing the season with 114 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. Houston Texans defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, called Cushing a "holy phenom" and also said that "he's one of the best I've ever coached, and I've been at it a long time." Cushing said that he will use the fact that he did not make the Pro-Bowl as "motivation and a driving force" to become better. The Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 in the first round but were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens 20-13 in the Divisional Round.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    Cushing was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for testing positive for banned substances.
    More Details Hide Details In the final 12 games, he totaled 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble.
    On May 12, 2010, in a revote of the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year award after his suspension was made public, Cushing received the most votes again, retaining his award.
    More Details Hide Details His second team All-Pro status from his rookie season, however, was rescinded by the AP. Cushing is the 1st player ever to have a revote, even though several other players in the NFL's past history have had similar violations during their rookie season.
    On May 7, 2010, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Cushing would be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for a positive test in September 2009 violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy for having above normal levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone, in his system.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing had previously denied rumors of his using performance-enhancing substances prior to being drafted. Cushing still denies that he ever ingested or injected any performance enhancers and claimed the test result could have been from a cancerous tumor. Cushing then stated that he would undergo further medical tests to determine how hCG entered his system.
    On January 5, 2010, Cushing was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing is the second Texan to win the award, the first being DeMeco Ryans in 2006.
    He was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as a starter.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing was one of three rookies to make it to the Pro Bowl, another being a former USC teammate (Clay Matthews).
  • 2009
    Age 22
    Cushing was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6 of the 2009 NFL Season.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing became the first rookie to earn the award in the season. In Week 8, Cushing was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week again, becoming the first Texans rookie to win the award twice in one season. Cushing was also named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. Cushing finished tied with Ray Lewis for the AFC lead with 133 tackles & added 4 sacks, 10 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, & 2 forced fumbles.
    He scored his first career points on October 4, 2009 when he recorded a safety against the Oakland Raiders.
    More Details Hide Details The safety was the first recorded by a Texan since the 2002 season.
    Cushing was drafted with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans and had one of the best defensive seasons by a rookie in NFL history.
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    Alongside fellow USC linebackers Maualuga and Matthews, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrateds 2009 NFL Draft Preview magazine, as all three were regarded as potential first round selections.
    More Details Hide Details Brian Cushing (USC) "along with Archie Griffin (Ohio State University)" are the only 2 players in college football history to have competed in The Rose Bowl Game, as starters, in all 4 seasons of their college careers.
    He also participated in the 2009 Senior Bowl with Maualuga, Matthews, Patrick Turner and others.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing was named AP 2nd Team All-American as a senior despite having pedestrian statistics (73 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, & 3 sacks.). NFL scouts didn't admire Cushing for his stats, but for his versatility. Fast enough to play inside and outside linebacker and big and strong enough to play defensive end. Cushing was the most versatile defensive player in the draft. He also shocked NFL scouts by benching 225 lbs 30 times.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 18
    Cushing shared the No. 10 jersey with Trojans starting quarterback John David Booty from 2005 to 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing was on the 2007 preseason Phil Steele's All-America team and on the 2007 Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy watch lists.
    Cushing attended the University of Southern California, and played for the USC Trojans football team 2005 to 2008 under head coach Pete Carroll.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cushing was recruited by top colleges, including Notre Dame, Georgia, & Penn State before ultimately committing to the University of Southern California. Cushing was a four-year starter who also started in four Rose Bowls. Only two players have ever done this; Archie Griffin (only two time Heisman Trophy winner) from Ohio State University was the other.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 0
    Born on January 24, 1987.
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