Reggie Bush would like his Heisman back as NIL rules begin

Former USC running back Reggie Bush can’t get in on all the name, image, and likeness fun, but that’s ok.

He wants something else.

Bush was forced to return the 2005 Heisman Trophy at the conclusion of a four-year extra-benefits investigation that uncovered Bush and his family accepted cash, payment for travel and a house. They also accepted $10,000 to furnish it.

In a statement released Thursday, Bush said he believes his Heisman should be returned and all his statistics should be reinstated.

“It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman trophy ‘solely’ due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated,” Bush said.

The 36-year-old was forced to disassociate from his alma mater, although he was reinstated when the ban ended in June 2020. He called the banishment “one of the worst feelings in the world” and even compared the sanctions to death. USC also faced punishments, as they were banned from the postseason for two years and vacated 14 victories.

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California poses for photographs
Reggie Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy was taken away over what the NCAA deemed ‘impermissible benefits.’
AP Photo

During his 10-year ban, Bush was not allowed on campus and his name, stats and accomplishments were removed from the team’s media guide.

But now, Bush wants a new narrative — he is taking action in an attempt to get his legacy back. The Spring Valley, Calif. native contacted the NCAA on multiple occasions to no avail.

“We left multiple messages for Michael Comerford, the President of the Heisman Trust, but instead received a call from Rob Whalen, the Executive Director, who stated that Mr. Comerford would not be calling us back and that, in any event, they could not help us,” Bush said.

In three seasons at USC, Bush rushed for 3,169 yards and caught 95 passes for 1,301 yards. His 43 total touchdowns helped USC become a powerhouse and they won a FBS Football Championship in 2004.

Following a successful college run, Bush embarked upon an 11-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Leave a Comment