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King lobbies for Byrd

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2010 – 10:47 am

With 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing earning a four-game suspension by the league for the 2010 season after testing positive for banned substances,’s Peter King is lobbying for Cushing to be stripped of the award.

Bills FS Jairus Byrd finished second in the voting to Cushing, and King believes Byrd should be given the award instead.

King wrote in his Monday Morning QB column

…Cushing admitting that he appealed the positive test in February makes it virtually certain that he derived benefit from whatever illegal substance he took during his rookie season. And if this suspension is the result of a positive test at any point during the 2009 season, I’m in favor of stripping him of the defensive rookie of the year award and giving it to second-place finisher Jairus Byrd of Buffalo…
It’s an action that makes sense knowing Cushing’s performance his rookie year is tainted. It would seem only fair to give the award to a player that performed fairly under the rules like Byrd.
The NFL however, has no jurisdiction on the award since the end of the year awards are handled by the Associated Press. I’m trying to find out if an award like this has ever been stripped from a player before.

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