Houston- Former Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing was named to the coaching staff by Bill O’Brien officially on Tuesday. Cushing was named as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and he will also helping with the player development side of the organization especially the rookies that come into the building.
Calling the move to end his playing career a "very" tough decision, Cushing wanted to get back to the game as quickly as possible. Cushing spoke publicly for the first time as a coach for the Texans.
“I am still getting used to it, but I am excited for the opportunity,” Cushing said of his new title at the Houston Sports Awards. “I am very passionate about the Houston Texans, the city of Houston and just excited about getting back to work.”
One of the most decorated players in Texans history, the franchise's all-time leading tackler is back with the only organization he played with in his career. Cushing was drafted in the 1st round (15th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC and he would end up becoming the Texans all-time leader in tackles with 665. Cushing garnered Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, AP All-Pro honors in 2009 and 2011.
On the player development side of his new position, Cushing is hoping to impart his experiences in the NFL on the rookies and younger players that will arrive after the NFL Draft. Calling the game tough both mentally and physically, Cushing wants to help Director of Player Development J.J. Moses on passing down as much knowledge as he can to the younger players in the organization and prepare them for the NFL on and off the field.
Cushing also wants to help the veterans inside the locker room to understand how great it was to play in the NFL and not take it for granted.
"Just grasp the opportunity they have to realize how unbelievable of a job and the chance we have to do if for a long time,” Cushing said of what he wants to tell the older players on the Texans. “A lot of it is up to you and really how much you want to do it and how much you’re looking forward to it.”
A familiar face around the facility, Cushing has been a life long Texans player and he is happy to continue his journey in the game of football in his home of Houston.
“Obviously means a lot more to me spending my entire career here and having an opportunity to help other guys as well,” Cushing said of his opportunity with the Texans. “Just being around the sport in a different light, but still be there is very motivating and exciting.”
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