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Tucker: Cushing was trying too hard

Ross Tucker, former NFL lineman and now writer for, had the following to say in his recent column about Texans recently suspended LB Brian Cushing:

Brian Cushing was trying too hard. I’m not even talking about the tumor fiasco. To the contrary, that was my first thought while watching last week’s press conference in which he went out of his way to point out all of the drug tests he passed in college and in his rookie season after the one he failed in September. This seems to be a common theme among players who test positive for a banned substance — Shawne Merriman and his handlers likewise pointed out he had passed 19 tests during his career and only failed one in 2006.

But if you are really clean and have been, why even talk about or mention all the drug tests you have passed? I never go out of my way to point out all of the drug tests I passed during my time in the league when somebody asks if I took PEDs. I just say no I didn’t.

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