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LOL. Well, these are the same idiots who voted overwhelmingly for Woodson DPOY.

Cushing keeps AP Defensive Rookie award

By BARRY WILNER

AP Football Writer

updated 7 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has won a revote and will keep The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award he won in January.

The second vote was taken after the league suspended Cushing without pay for four games last week. He tested positive in September, violating the NFL's drug policy. Although Cushing said he took a non-steroid substance, the league still considers it a performance-enhancer.

The AP decided to have a revote, with a Wednesday noon deadline.

That revote gave Cushing 18 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd received 13 votes, and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III got 10. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo earned three votes, and St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.

Three voters were not available to cast ballots, and two voters abstained.

In the original balloting, Cushing received 39 votes to six for Byrd, three for Matthews and two for Orakpo.

Cushing did lose his spot on the All-Pro second team, for which he originally had five votes and now has just one.

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Matthews should have won it anyway, he just didn't get enough playing time.

Byrd got 4 of his 9 INTs against Sanchez and Delhomme while both of those QBs were going INT throwing stretches of epic dimensions. When BUF played Sanchez he was on pace to break the rookie INT record and then Rex stepped in with this red/green/yellow thing. I predict Byrd will never lead the league in INTs again.

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Yawn.

Why should people of the NFL care about steroids now? They've ignored it for years, yet he's the example they want to hold up and scream about? Sorry. Too late.

There are cheaters on every team.

because NFL players already have such short lifespans already....

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I personally didn't even see the need for a re-vote. Yaa, he's on steroids, but almost anyone he's seen the kid play over the last 5 years, could see a pretty shocking transition.

I'd bet a good chunk of change that he isn't the only one out of those players who has taken steroids or probably currently using them and cycling off them as the season nears(his lifting partner and friend Clay Matthews?? or the freakishly big Orakpo??). All I know is that he was the best rookie on the field that year, just like merriman was one of the best players on the field a couple years ago.

I'm not naive enough to think a handful, if not a large group of players on our team are on them or have been on them. All I care about is how they play on the field and yes, whether they get caught. Because in the all-mighty eyes of the NFL, if you don't get caught, you're clearly not doing it.

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i love the brian cushing revote breakdown

so many questions

where the eff was howie long?

what was ed bouchette thinking?

which group of sports writers would you rather read? the kept or the changed?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-apnfldefensiverookievoterbreakdown

KEPT BRIAN CUSHING(notes) (17)

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated.com

Bob Berger, Sporting News Radio

Chris Berman, ESPN

Steve Cohen, Sirius Satellite Radio

Frank Cooney, SportsXChange

Mark Craig, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Tom Curran, Comcast Sportsnet

Vinny Ditrani, The Record

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

Paul Gutierrez, Sacramento Bee

Clark Judge, CBSSports.com

John McClain, Houston Chronicle

Gary Myers, New York Daily News

Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com

Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star

Charean Williams Fort Worth Star-Telegram

KEPT JAIRUS BYRD(notes) (4)

Brian Allee-Walsh, New Orleans.com

Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News

Ashley Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer

Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

KEPT CLAY MATTHEWS(notes) (3)

Jim Corbett, USA Today

Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic

CHANGED TO BRIAN CUSHING (1)

Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jairus Byrd)

CHANGED FROM BRIAN CUSHING (19)

Jarrett Bell, USA Today (Jairus Byrd)

Clifton Brown, The Sporting News (Jairus Byrd)

Rich Cimini, New York Daily News (Clay Matthews)

John Clayton, ESPN The Magazine (Clay Matthews)

Bob Costas, HBO/NBC Sports (Clay Matthews)

John Czarnecki, Fox Sports (Brian Orakpo(notes))

Boomer Esiason, CBS/Westwood One (Jairus Byrd)

Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News (Jairus Byrd)

Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse (Jairus Byrd)

Bob Glauber, Newsday (Jairus Byrd)

Dave Goldberg, AOL Fanhouse (Clay Matthews)

Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune (Jairus Byrd)

Peter King, Sports Illustrated (Clay Matthews)

Matt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press Democrat (Clay Matthews)

Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com (Jairus Byrd)

Pat McManamon, Akron Beacon Journal (Jairus Byrd)

Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune (Clay Matthews)

Adam Schein, Sirius NFL Radio (Brian Orakpo)

Frank Schwab, Colorado Springs Gazette (Clay Matthews)

ABSTAINED (2)

Chris Mortensen, ESPN

Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Note: Both had Cushing in the original balloting.

CHANGED FROM JAIRUS BYRD (2)

Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Brian Cushing)

David Elfin, Washington Times (Brian Orakpo)

CHANGED FROM BRIAN ORAKPO (2)

Howard Balzer, Fox Sports Net (James Laurinaitis(notes))

Len Shapiro, Miami Herald (Clay Matthews)

NOT AVAILABLE (1)

Howie Long, Fox Sports

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ESPN.com: AFC East

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reaction to Cushing verdict

By Tim Graham

ESPN.com

I've compiled a collection of unedited Twitter reaction to Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing winning The Associated Press' defensive rookie of the year award after a revote. Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd finished second again.

Ka_Mitchell55

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@jeffreybigmoney
@Ka_Mitchell55
: I'm convinced Jairus would've had better numbers and played more games if he took what Cushing took!
12 May 2010
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Twittelator

brianmoorman
Can't believe Byrd did not win ROY award after re-vote! That's no message to send to kids!!! Ridiculous!
12 May 2010
from web

SI_RossTucker
I used to pretty much put zero stock into postseason awards. Now even less, amazingly. I guess that would be negative stock?
12 May 2010
from web

SI_RossTucker
What a message for HS football players and athletes in general ... "Cheaters don't just win, they win twice!" Hooray.
12 May 2010
from web

marcelluswiley
Im disappointed in the Cushing re-vote. Why should I care if cats cheat, any of them, if most people don't.

The NFL needs some fixin'!!!!
12 May 2010
from
Twitterrific

AaronMaybin58
If the Byrdman wasn't rookie of the year last year after the recent news, whoevers voting needs to be the one gettin tested
12 May 2010
from
UberTwitter

thurmanthomas
The voters, Owners,and the NFLPA are making a big mistake by letting Cushing keep this award. How many kids have his jersey,sld burn it?
12 May 2010
from
Echofon

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i love the brian cushing revote breakdown

so many questions

where the eff was howie long?

what was ed bouchette thinking?

which group of sports writers would you rather read? the kept or the changed?

Thanks for the breakdown Bi.

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i love the brian cushing revote breakdown

so many questions

where the eff was howie long?

what was ed bouchette thinking?

which group of sports writers would you rather read? the kept or the changed?

John McClain, Houston Chronicle

How would Hans Gruber feel about McClain not changing his vote?

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