- Reggie Bush
caption=Reggie Bush at USC's 2005 National Championship celebration.
currentteam=New Orleans Saints
birthdate=birth date and age|1985|3|2
birthplace=San Diego, California
debutteam=New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints(2006-present)
Walter Camp Award(2005)
Doak Walker Award(2005)
Reginald Alfred Bush II (born March 2, 1985 in
San Diego, Ca) is an American footballplayer who plays for the New Orleans Saintsof the NFL. He has played running back/ tailback, wide receiverand punt returner. Bush played college footballat the University of Southern California from 2003-2005, including two National Championship seasons. He won numerous awards including the 2005 Heisman Trophy.
Bush grew up in
Spring Valley, California, an unincorporated communityin San Diego he often memorialized with "619," San Diego's area code, or "S.E." (Southeast San Diego) written in silver on the black anti-glare tape under his eyes during USC games.cite web |url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20060110-9999-1s8reggie.html|title="Greatness suits him - Trophy hopeful Bush from humble beginnings, tries to stay that way" from the San Diego Union-Tribune |date=2005-08-12 |accessdate=2007-09-27 ] Bush's father abandoned him when he was born and his whereabouts are currently unknown. His stepfather was a campus security officer at Samuel F. B. Morse High School, and his mother was a deputy sheriff at the county jail. In 8th grade, Bush played Pop Warner for the Grossmont/La Mesa Warriors, where he brought them a "Q" Bowl victory against Los Toros. Bush's freshman year at Helix High School, he came in at 5'9, 130 lbs. He ran a 4.6 forty and played running back for the JV team as a freshman. He attended Helix High Schoolin La Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, also with San Francisco 49ersquarterback Alex Smith. His tremendous 4.4 break-away speed and vision made him very successful at Helix. In a rivalry game against Granite Hills High School, he sprained his ankle getting tackled. He went to the C.I.F.Championship at Qualcomm Stadium, where then they played a tremendous football game against rival Oceanside Pirates, his senior year. Bush was named to the All-Americanteam his senior year and participated in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Bush studied political science at USC.cite web | title = Reggie Bush Draft Profile | url = http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/draft/prospect?contentId=5535266 | publisher = FoxSports.com | accessdate = 2006-07-21 ] Bush often etched the number "619" on top of his black under eye markings as a tribute to the area code of central
San Diegocity / South San Diegocounty.cite news | title = Bush's conquest is no contest | last = Schrotenboer | first = Brent | url = http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20051211/news_7n11heisman.html | publisher = The San Diego Union-Tribune| date = 2005-12-11| accessdate = 2006-07-21 ]
Before attending Southern California, Bush was the most highly recruited running back out of high school. His and others expectations during his college career were very high. When head coach
Pete Carrollrecruited Bush for Southern California, he envisioned using Bush as a five-way threat. The freshman quickly proved he could carry, catch, throw and return the ball with great skill. In 2003, he was a consensus Freshman All-American first-team selection and became the first Trojan since Anthony Davis in 1974 to lead the Pac-10 Conference in kickoff returns. His 1,331 all-purpose yards set a USC freshman record. ESPN's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year amassed 521 yards with three touchdowns on 90 carries that year.
Despite not having started any games in 2004, Bush finished fifth in the voting for the
Heisman Trophy, was named the team's MVP, earned consensus All-American honors and was a finalist for the Walter CampPlayer of the Year Award. He finished second on the team with 143 carries for 908 yards (6.3 avg) and six touchdowns, adding on 509 yards and seven scores on 43 receptions (11.8 avg). He returned 21 kickoffs for 537 yards (25.6 avg) and 24 punts for 376 yards (15.7 avg) and a pair of touchdowns. He became the first Trojan since Marcus Allento lead the Pac-10in all-purpose yardage, totaling 2,330 yards. He also threw for one touchdown, tossing a 52-yard scoring strike.
Bush had a terrific 2005 season, as he was a unanimous All-American first-team pick and the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. He was named the Associated Press 2005 Player of the Year, Pigskin Club of Washington D.C. Offensive Player of the Year, Touchdown Club of Columbus Player of the Year and was the recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and
Doak Walker Award(nation's best running back). He led the nation with an average of 222.3 all-purpose yards per game and finished fourth in the NCAA Division 1-A ranks with an average of 133.85 yards per game rushing. One memorable moment, known as the "Bush Push," occurred against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. USC would then go on, undefeated, into a final Rose Bowl game loss.
Bush led the Trojans with 1,740 yards on 200 carries (8.7 avg) with sixteen touchdowns and ranked third on the squad with 39 receptions for 481 yards (12.9 avg), including a pair of scores as a junior. He returned 18 punts for 179 yards (9.9 avg) and a touchdown and gained 493 yards on 28 kickoff returns (17.6 avg).
In 39 games at Southern California, Bush started only fourteen times. However, he finished tenth in NCAA Division 1-A history with 6,541 all-purpose yards. He finished with 3,169 yards and 25 touchdowns on 433 carries (7.3 avg) and 1,301 yards with thirteen scores on 95 catches (13.7 avg). Bush returned 67 kickoffs for 1,522 yards and a touchdown, adding 559 yards and three scores on 44 punt returns (12.7 avg). He also completed one-of-three passes for a 52-yard touchdown.
On December 8, 2005, Bush was awarded the
Walter Camp Awardand the Doak Walker Award. On December 10, Bush won the Heisman Trophy, beating finalists Vince Youngand former Heisman winner and teammate Matt Leinart. Additionally, he was named the 2004 AP Sportsman of the Year.
By the end of the 2005 season, Bush had amassed 2,611 all-purpose yards and scored 18 touchdowns (15 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 punt return). [cite news | title = Trophy hopeful Bush from humble beginnings, tries to stay that way | last = Schrotenboer | first = Brent | publisher = SignOnSanDiego.com | url = http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20051208-9999-1s8reggie.html | date =
2005-12-08| accessdate = 2006-08-28 ] He was awarded the Heisman Trophyon December 10, 2005. He had 784 first-place votes while Texas quarterback Vince Young finished second with 79 first-place votes, with an overall edge in voting points of 2541 to Young's 1608. The 933 point margin-of-victory was the 17th highest of all time. Matt Leinart came in third with 18 first-place votes. Bush had the second most first-place votes in the history of Heisman voting at that time, only behind O.J. Simpson's 855 in 1968. [cite news | url = http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2255184 | title = USC's Bush wins Heisman by monumental margin | publisher = Associated Press | date = 2005-12-11| accessdate = 2006-08-28 ] Bush became the 71st winner of the Heisman Trophy, and the 7th USC player to receive the award. In addition to his Heisman Trophy, Bush also won the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and was selected as the PAC-10's offensive player of the year.
He and teammate Matt Leinart became the first pair of Heisman Trophy winners to play together in a single game in the Rose Bowl on January 4, 2006 against the University of Texas Longhorns. USC lost 41-38. Bush amassed a total of 279 all-purpose yards (82 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards, 102 kickoff return yards) and one touchdown scored, but he was overshadowed by his runner-up for the Heisman, Vince Young, and Bush's teammate
LenDale White, who led USC in rushing with 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bush also attempted to lateral when he was tackled after a long run, but the lateral fell to the ground and was recovered by Texas. This game gave Bush a total of 2,890 all-purpose yards for the season.
In celebration of their stellar careers, Bush and Leinart appeared on the cover of the December 25, 2005 issue of "
Sports Illustrated"; the magazine anointed the pair as the "Best in College Football" in 2005.
*Only 12th player in NCAA history to gain over 2,000 all-purpose yards twice (2,330 yards in 2004 and 2,890 yards in 2005).
He was featured on the cover of "
NCAA Football 2007", [cite web | url = http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sports/ncaafootball07/news.html?sid=6148575 | title = EA Drafts Heisman Trophy Winner Reggie Bush as Cover Athlete | date = 2006-04-28| accessdate = 2006-07-21 ] released on July 18, 2006.
He was ranked #24 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.
2006 NFL Draft
On January 12, 2006, Bush elected to forgo his senior season at USC and declared himself eligible for the
NFL Draft. Draft analysts predicted that he would be the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, held by the Houston Texans. However, in a surprising move on the night before the draft, the Texans signed Mario Williams, a defensive endfrom North Carolina State. The New Orleans Saints then selected Bush as the number 2 overall pick in the draft. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/nfl/specials/draft/2006/04/28/texans.williams.ap/index.html?cnn=yes] On January 3, 2007, Bush was 5th in the voting for Associated Press NFLOffensive Rookie of the Year.
On April 23, 2006, a report surfaced raising questions about whether Bush's family received gifts in violation of
NCAApolicies. The school has requested that the conference investigate the matter.
On April 26, 2006, three days prior to the 2006 Draft, he signed a multi-year endorsement with the athletic sportswear company
Adidas, where he will promote football and training clothes and launched cleats in 2007. [cite news | url = http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/news_story.asp?ID=163971 | title = Reggie Bush signs deal with adidas | publisher = Associated Press | date = 2006-04-26| accessdate = 2006-07-21 ]
On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Mario Williams signed a deal with the Houston Texans, meaning that Bush would not be the first draft pick. [cite news | url = http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/HOU/9404220 | title = Texans ink DE Williams, to draft him No. 1 | publisher = NFL.com | date =
2006-04-28| accessdate = 2006-07-21 ] Bush's representatives spoke that night with the New Orleans Saints, who said they intended to use their second overall pick to select the USC product.
Bush was indeed drafted by the Saints with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Houston Texans' decision to not take Bush was derided by many sports analysts. At the time, ESPN commentator
Len Pasquarelliclaimed that Houston selecting Williams ahead of Bush was one of the biggest mistakes made in NFL Draft history. [cite news | title = Snubbing Bush a Texans-size blunder | url = http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft06/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2426087
author = Pasquarelli, Len | publisher = ESPN.com | date =
2006-04-28| accessdate = 2006-07-21 ]
New Orleans Saints
Bush's selection by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL draft generated excitement and celebration among New Orleans Saints fans. By the end of the week after the draft,
Reebokreported receiving over 15,000 orders for Bush's Saints jersey, even though his jersey number with the Saints had not yet been determined. [cite news | title = Football rookies make a big impact on fans | url = http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/content/shared/sports/stories/FBN_ROOKIE_JERSEYS_0518_COX.html | last = Halliburton | first = Suzanne | date = 2006-05-18| accessdate = 2006-07-21 ] Bush had petitioned the NFL to wear number 5 on his jersey, which he has worn throughout his high school and college careers. However, in order for him to wear #5, the NFL would have to revise its numbering regulations, which require running backs to wear a number between 20 and 49. Bush was allowed to wear the number 5 during the Saints' mini-camp practices pending the NFL's ruling. On May 23, the NFL competition committee officially rejected his request, and on May 25, it was officially announced that Bush would be wearing number 25, acquired from Saints running back Fred McAfee. Although Bush had earlier pledged to donate a quarter of the money he receives from jersey sales to Hurricane Katrinavictims if allowed to wear #5, he later said he would make that donation no matter what number he wears. [cite news | title = Reggie Bush won't get his No. 5 this year | publisher = Associated Press | date = 2006-05-23| accessdate = 2006-07-21 | url = http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Ag3ykYuAhAY_z4WGvLaQDuhDubYF?slug=ap-saints-bush-number&prov=ap&type=lgns ] As part of the deal with McAfee to wear #25, Bush agreed to allocate half of that money to charities of McAfee's choosing. McAfee pledged to donate his share to Katrina victims in his home state of Mississippi.
Bush is second to
Peyton Manningin the NFL in endorsement deals, amounting to roughly $5 million. He has signed contracts with Pepsi, General Motors, Adidasand Subway restaurants. Manning is worth $10 million.
Amazed by the warm reception he received from the fans in
New Orleans, as well as the magnitude of the devastation caused there by Hurricane Katrina, Bush expressed excitement about playing with the Saints and has pledged to help the city recover from the hurricane. On May 15, 2006, Bush donated $50,000 to help keep Holy Rosary High School, a local Catholic school for students with learning disabilities, from closing. [http://www.nola.com/sports/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-23/1147672788244480.xml] In training camp, Saints receiver Joe Horndubbed him "Baby Matrix" because of his seemingly impossible evasive maneuvers (obviously comparing him to the movie The Matrix, which features characters who move faster than humanly possible to dodge bullets).
Bush's rookie season had both ups and downs, although as the season wore on, he became more productive and integral to the Saints' surprising success. In the first game of Bush's NFL career, he amassed 141 total yards against the
Cleveland Browns. He carried the ball fewer times than his counterpart Deuce McAllister, putting off any speculation that he would immediately supplant McAllister as the starter in New Orleans. The Saints won the game by a score of 19–14. This effort lowered his league-worst rushing average among running backs to only 2.55 yards per carry. However, he finished the midway point of the season with 46 receptions, the most by any running back in the NFL. At only 6.8 yards per reception, Bush ranked 20th out of 29 qualified running backs in the league.
At the midway point of the season, Bush had yet to score a single touchdown either receiving or running the ball; however, on November 12, 2006, Bush rushed for his first touchdown from scrimmage on a reverse against the
Pittsburgh Steelers. On December 3, Bush tied the Saints' single game touchdown record, held by Joe Horn, by scoring 4 touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. He gained 168 all-purpose yards as he sparked the Saints to their 8th win of the season. On December 10, Bush scored a 62 yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboysin Dallas, contributing to the Saints' 42-17 drubbing of the Cowboys in what was expected to be a more competitive match up that would be important to the playoff race. On December 24, Bush scored a 1 yard touchdown on a reverse against the New York Giants. Bush also had a career high 126 rushing yards on the day. On December 31, Bush scored a 1 yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers, but only carried the ball three times, even though backfield counterpart Deuce McAllister did not play. This was because the New Orleans Saints had already clinched the #2 NFC seed in the playoffs.
On January 13, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, Bush ran for 52 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown and added 3 catches for 22 yards as New Orleans edged Philadelphia, 27-24 to earn its first NFC Championship Game appearance in the team's 40-year history. The game was also notable for the vicious hit that Bush absorbed from Sheldon Brown while attempting to catch a swing pass on the Saints' first play of the game. On January 21, in the NFC Championship playoff game, Bush caught a pass on the 22 and ran 78 yards downfield (eluding the Chicago Bears safety) for an 88 yard touchdown thrown by
Drew Brees. This comeback was the first score of the second half and closed the gap from 16-7 (in favor of Chicago) to 16-14. [ [http://test.denverpost.com/sports/ci_5059547 The Denver Post - Bush league move inflames Chicago] ] [ [http://www.nypost.com/seven/01222007/sports/bush_league_sports_paul_schwartz.htm Bush League] ] [ [http://www.dailysouthtown.com/sports/222974,221SPT5.article The SouthtownStar :: Sports] ]
Bush was fined by the
NFLafter the game for $5,000 for taunting: which consisted of wagging his finger at All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacherand doing a somersault after the 88-yard reception score. Bush apologized immediately after the event. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-bushfined&prov=ap&type=lgns Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more ] ]
In the season opener of the 2007 season, Bush and the Saints lost to the defending
Super Bowlchampion Indianapolis Colts41-10. Bush was tied for a team-best 38 rushing yards on 12 carries. He also had seven yards on four receptions and a punt return for two yards in a disappointing opener for Bush and the Saints. The Saints following game was equally as disappointing as the Saints were beaten 31 to 14 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneersand Bush averaged only 2.7 yards per carry and 27 yards from scrimmage, over a third of which came on one play. Bush scored 2 rushing touchdowns, both 1-yard runs, in the Saints week 3 loss to the Tennessee Titans. In that game Bush carried 7 times for only 15 yards in gains while catching 6 passes for only 20 yards. Bush finished the season with just 6 total touchdowns and 581 yards rushing, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
Bush and the
New Orleans Saintsfaced the Tampa Bay Buccaneersto open the 2008 season. With Deuce McAlister out due to injury, Bush started the game for week 1. Bush ran 14 times for 51 yards and caught 8 passes for 112 yards which included a 42-yard catch-and-run out of the backfield for a diving touchdown.Fact|date=September 2008 Bush showed great improvement early in the season, in particularly during week 3 against the Denver Broncoswhere he had 18 carries taken for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns, one touchdown that included a smooth run up the middle then to the outside for 23 yards. He added the second touchdown on a 6-yard swing pass from Drew Brees near the goal line. He ended the game with 11 receptions for 75 yards and one receiving touchdown. Since Bush came into the league, no running back has caught more passes out of the backfield than him, collecting 171 receptions in his first two years. On October 6, in a home game against the Vikings, he returned two punts for touchdowns, tying an NFL record for single game punt returns for touchdowns.
Media career and personal life
French mobile game publisher
Gameloftannounced on November 21 that it had signed Bush as its cover athlete for Reggie Bush Pro Football 2007, which was made available in January 2007 across multiple wireless carriers and cell phones. This marks the second cover endorsement for Bush, who the cover athlete of Electronic Arts' NCAA Football 07. Gameloft did not secure the NFL license for this mobile game, which means that actual team names, logos and NFLPA players (aside from Bush) will not be incorporated into the gameplay.
He recently appeared on the video for
Ciara's song " Like a Boy" and in a Commercial for Madden NFL 08. The video and appearances Bush made with Ciara has then circulated rumors of a romance between the two. This was denied by Ciara. Bush has also dined with Condoleezza Riceat the White Housecorrespondent's dinner and made an appearance in Las Vegas during the 2007 NBAAll-Star weekend.
On June 26, 2007,
David Beckham's first major U.S. ad campaign since finishing with Real Madridmade its debut via the web. Titled "Futbol Meets Football", it paired Beckham with Bush in a 13-part video series, with additional television, radio, and online promotion by Adidas. [ [http://sdmlsproject.com/adidasbecksandbush.html adidasbecksandbush ] ]
In August 2007, he signed a deal with Sirius Satellite radio to be a weekly announcer for the 2007 season [ [http://news.lalate.com/2007/08/16/reggie-bush-inks-sirius-radio-deal/ Reggie Bush inks Sirius Radio Announcer Deal | lalate news - America's Fastest Growing Celebrity News Site! ] ]
At one time dated
WWE Diva Eve Torreswhile at USC. [http://www.mediatakeout.com/2008/26157-mto_exclusive_did_yall_know_that_reggie_bushs_old_girlfriend__before_kim_k__is_a_professional_wrestler.html] Currently, Bush is dating Hollywood socialite Kim Kardashian.
* [http://sdmlsproject.com/adidasbecksandbush.html Beckham Meets Bush...] "25 June 2007 "
* [http://www.futbolmeetsfootball.com Futbol Meets Football adidas video site]
* [http://usctrojans.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bush_reggie00.html Southern California bio]
* [http://www.heisman.com/handbook/winning-margin.html Heisman voting results]
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