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Saints Offensive Tackle Jermon Bushrod Emerges as a General Manager's Dream

Sep 15, 2010 – 3:48 PM
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Ray Glier

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Jermon Bushrod is the kind of guy GMs build a reputation with. Take an unheralded guy in the fourth round of the draft, a guy from a little school, and that guy from the little school means something big to the team in three years.

That's Bushrod. He is the Saints left tackle, the blind-side wall for the Saints' most important player, quarterback Drew Brees. Bushrod attended Towson in the Baltimore area. He is from a small community along the shore in Virginia. He was on plenty of draft boards, I'm sure, in April 2007, but he was no guarantee.

Now look at him. Bushrod stepped in as a first-time starter in 2009 and played right through the Super Bowl.

The Saints signed him in the spring to a $1.7 million contract in what could have been a walk year for him right to his hometown team, the Washington Redskins.

The great thing about some of these guys from the small towns and the small schools is that they do not get as complacent as the guys from the big schools. They have been told they are not good enough and they believe some of it and keep working hard to be good enough.

"I don't really like to try to get comfortable in this whole situation, truthfully," Bushrod told the Associated Press this week.

Bushrod told the AP about his lapse in 2009 when the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware abused Brees with two sacks and hit the quarterback three times.

"You just got to continue to fight to stay hungry and ... continue just to get better on a day-to-day basis," Bushrod said.

Bushrod is 6-foot-4, 325 pounds. He seems to have solved his habit of standing too tall to block and getting pushed back with a center balance. He lost his job briefly last season, but came flying back to help hold Vikings supreme pass rusher Jared Allen without a sack in the NFC title game last January.

Fun Bushrod Fact: Bushrod, by the way, is from King George County, Va. James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution, is from King George County.
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