PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- Happy Birthday to Park Ridge's Brian Cushing, who turned 30 Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Cushing is an NFL inside linebacker for the Houston Texans of the NFL. He was born Jan.24, 1987 in Park Ridge.
Cushing attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell and led the 2004 Group IV State Championship team as a linebacker, tight end, and running back against Don Bosco Preparatory High School. He was the 2004 North Jersey player of the year and in 2005, he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He attended Southern California University was drafted by the Texans in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. As linebacker for the team he had one of the best defensive seasons by a rookie in NFL history.