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Ax-Grinding Media Versus Brian Cushing (MK. 389)

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Brian Cushing was suspended for taking a banned substance. The AP tried, in a failed campaign led by moralistic nitwits, to take his Defensive Rookie Of The Year award away from him and failed. They succeeded, however, in taking away his All-Pro Second Team slot and giving it to Lance Briggs. Today the Chicago media, having run out of actual storylines to talk about, thought "hey, maybe we should ask the Bears about Brian Cushing!"

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"Cheaters rarely prosper," Briggs told the Tribune, referring to Cushing. "I don't know what the whole deal was, but I just know he did things you ain't supposed to do."

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Teammate Brian Urlacher felt the same way about Cushing and wondered why the rookie played a full season if he tested positive the first month of the season. Urlacher went on to say Briggs deserved to be named All-Pro in the first place.

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"Five years from now, 10 years from now, all they're going to see for me is All-Pro," Briggs said. "Yeah, it makes me feel good. It should make me, Lovie (Smith), Jerry Angelo, Ted Phillips, and the whole upstairs ... Cliff Stein ... we're all happy."

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Good to see Briggs taking the high road and commenting ignorantly on something he knows very little about, wheras Cushing was complimentary of his abilities. Truly, Mr. Cushing is America's greatest monster. In fact, reading that snippet makes me sure of it: Brian Cushing doesn't have the desire to be the best linebacker in the NFL. If he did, he wouldn't just cede his All-Pro election without a fight!!!! No heart!

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I am astonished that this is still a storyline, though I guess the NFL has some time to kill before training camp starts. Hopefully this won't start a "ask NFL players about Brian Cushing" trend and we can stop re-animating this story in a desperate search for something to write about.

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