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My vote goes to Matthews

Cushing keeps Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but Packers' LB more deserving

Originally Published: May 12, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

After debating the topic for two days, I decided to rescind my Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year vote for Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing and give it to Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

The reality is Cushing's 16-game season in 2009 should have been 12 games because he failed a random drug test. (HCG, a masking agent, was found in his system.) Yet, despite being suspended for four games, Cushing won a revote on Wednesday and will keep the DROY award.

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