Brian Cushing knows where his season ended in 2012 and where the Super Bowl will be played next season. It's the same place. MetLife Stadium.
Cushing was a guest on Texans All Access Tuesday afternoon and was asked about the possibility of returning to MetLife if the Texans were to make the Super Bowl in 2013.
“There couldn’t be anything better than that,” Cushing said. “It’s definitely a motivating factor as I’m moving forward.”
Cushing tore his ACL in Week 5 against the Jets after being clipped with a low block by Jets’ guard Matt Slauson. Slauson was fined $10,000 for the hit that ended Cushing’s season. Slauson’s hit on Cushing has been a much talked about topic as the discussion of protecting defensive players has emerged this offseason.
Playing back in New Jersey would not just take Cushing back to where his very promising 2012 season ended, but home as well. Cushing grew up in Park Ridge, N.J., which is about 18 miles from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Cushing had many family members and friends in the stands back on Oct. 8.
The average rehab for a torn ACL is about nine months. Knowing Cushing’s work ethic and physical conditioning, he has been ahead of schedule from the get go.
“It’s been a long, long journey and I still have a lot to go,” Cushing said Tuesday. “But it just makes me cherish playing that much more. I’m about a week out of jogging right now and I’m really looking forward to that.”
In J.J. Watt’s sophomore season he claimed the Defensive Player of the Year award. Cushing was only able to play just five games with Watt in 2012 and is excited about what the two can do under Wade Phillips in 2013.
“I’m excited to get back out there with him and have a two-headed monster going into every game,” Cushing said.
We are too.