Lions' Delmas played by the rules, Cushing didn't
Louis Delmas deserved more.
Brian Cushing deserved much less.
Delmas, the Lions free safety, was never in the race for the NFL defensive rookie for the 2009 season. Yes, the Lions were 2-14. But Delmas did something no other NFL rookie had done — he scored on an interception return, a fumble return and a safety. There’s only three ways a defensman can score and Delmas hit for the cycle.
More importantly, he quickly became a leader on defense. Yes, it was the NFL’s worst, but it was not because of his play.
Cushing, on the other hand, should be an embarrassment to the league. The Houston Texans linebacker was originally voted as the defensive rookie of the year. Then he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was suspended for the first four games of this season and the voting (by 50 writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL) was re-done.
He still won. The announcement was just made.
Hey, cheating does pay.
ProFootballTalk.com checked in with this: “Cushing has an opportunity to emerge from the shadows, to address the positive result and the suspension, to tell the truth about what he took and why he took it, to embrace the consequences, to commit to being clean in the future, and to refuse to accept an award that was secured via a violation of the rules.’’
It’s a great idea. Too bad it probably won’t happen.
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