Cushing was born on January 24, 1987 in Park Ridge, New Jersey. As a member of the Bergen Catholic High School football team in Oradell, New Jersey, Cushing played linebacker, tight end and running back on the way to the 2004 Group IV State Championship.
Cushing had offers from Penn State, Georgia, and Notre Dame before he decided to commit to the University of Southern California.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Cushing had his best collegiate season as a sophomore in 2006. He had a 57 tackles and set career-high in tackles for loss (13.5) and sacks (4.5).
He was named a second-team All-American as a senior in 2008 after recording 73 tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and an interception.
Cushing was one of 12 USC Trojans to be invited to the 2009 NFL Combine and was one of four USC linebackers drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews, and Rey Maualuga were also drafted.
Cushing was drafted with the 15th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Texans.
He finished tied with Ray Lewis for the most tackles in the AFC (133). With four sacks, 10 pass deflections, four interceptions and two forced fumbles, Cushing was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and a starter during the 2010 Pro Bowl.
After missing four games in 2010 due to a suspension, Cushing returned for a full season in 2011 and had 125 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions. He was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
In the past two seasons, Cushing has been limited to just 12 games. He played five games in 2012 before tearing his ACL and played in seven games in 2013 until he broke his fibula and tore his fibular collateral ligament against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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