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Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

The Associated Press, which long has issued the postseason NFL awards most commonly accepted by the massses, is now conducting an unprecedented re-vote for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in light of Brian Cushing's testing positive for banned substances.

What a joke.

Cushing reportedly tested positive with a slightly elevated level hCG, a non-steroid produced naturally by the body that often is consistent with a player who is going off of steroids. And the rest supposedly occured in September, in the beginning of the season.

And yet the voters are ready to strip him of his DROY award.

Stupidity aside, I can't imagine Cushing would have used anything illegal thereafter. Therefore, the work he did following the test was natural. He played a full season without the benefits of any performance-enhancing agents whatsoever.

It's this hyper-tense, hyper-moral league we live in, this Goodellified NFL that has brought us here. We have never revoted for any award, not when Kevin Williams was named All-Pro in 2008, or if you want to take it a step further, not when Bill Belichick's Patriots were guilty of spying on other teams following their Super Bowl run.

Shawne Merriman was named Rookie of the Year in 2005, as was Julius Peppers three years earlier. Both served four-game suspensions. And both were the best defensive rookies those years. Just as Cushing was this past season. I won't defend Cushing's actions, nor his bizarre explanation and post-revelation actions. But he's the most deserving for the award. He won by a 39-6 vote the first time around over Jairus Byrd, and it shouldn't be much closer (in my mind) the second time around.

Slippery slope here? A Crisco rollercoaster, if you ask me.

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