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'''Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush II''' (born March 2, 1985) is an [[American football]] player who plays for the [[New Orleans Saints]] of the [[National Football League|NFL]]. He has played [[running back]]/[[tailback]], [[wide receiver]] and [[punt returner]]. Bush played [[college football]] at [[USC Trojans football|the University of Southern California]] from 2003-2005, including two [[NCAA Division I-A national football championship|National Championship seasons]]. He won numerous awards including the 2005 [[Heisman Trophy]].
 
'''Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush II''' (born March 2, 1985) is an [[American football]] player who plays for the [[New Orleans Saints]] of the [[National Football League|NFL]]. He has played [[running back]]/[[tailback]], [[wide receiver]] and [[punt returner]]. Bush played [[college football]] at [[USC Trojans football|the University of Southern California]] from 2003-2005, including two [[NCAA Division I-A national football championship|National Championship seasons]]. He won numerous awards including the 2005 [[Heisman Trophy]].
   
==Early years==
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Bush grew up in the ghetto [[unincorporated community]] near [[San Diego, California]]. He often memorialized with "619," [[Area code 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.<ref name="sed001">{{cite web |url=http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_football/20060110-9999-1s8reggie.html
 
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|accessdate=September 27, 2007}}</ref> 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.<ref name="sed001" /> In 8th grade, Bush played [[Pop Warner Little Scholars|Pop Warner]] football for the Grossmont/La Mesa Warriors, where he helped the team to a "Q" Bowl victory against Los Toros. During Bush's freshman year at [[Helix High School]], he came in at 5'9", 130 lbs, and ran a 4.9 second [[40-yard dash]]. He played running back for the varsity team as a freshman. His tremendous break-away speed and vision made him very successful at Helix. He went to the [[C.I.F.]] Championship Game at [[Qualcomm Stadium]], where he played against rival Oceanside Pirates (and lost), his senior year. Bush was named to the U.S. Army High School [[All-American]] team his senior year and participated in the 2003 [[U.S. Army All-American Bowl]].
 
   
 
==College career==
 
==College career==

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Reggie Bush
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Reggie Bush celebrating USC's 2004 National Championship.
New Orleans Saints
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2008
Rushing yards: 1,385
Average: 3.6
Rushing Touchdowns: 12
Receptions: 202
Receiving yards: 1,520
Receiving Touchdowns: 7
Player stats at NFL.com

Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush II (born March 2, 1985) is an American football player who plays for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He has played running back/tailback, wide receiver and punt returner. Bush played college football at the University of Southern California from 2003-2005, including two National Championship seasons. He won numerous awards including the 2005 Heisman Trophy.

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College career

Bush studied physical science at USC.[1] Bush often etched the number "619" on top of his black under eye markings as a tribute to the area code of central San Diego city / South San Diego county.[2]

Before attending USC, Bush was the most highly recruited wide receiver out of high school. When head coach Pete Carroll recruited Bush for USC, 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 in kickoff returns. His 1,331 all-purpose yards set a USC freshman record. ESPN's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year also amassed 521 yards rushing, 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 Camp Player 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 Allen to lead the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage, totaling 2,330 yards. He also threw for one touchdown, tossing a 52-yard scoring strike.[1]

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. He set the Pac-10 record for total yards from scrimmage with 513 (294 rushing, 68 receiving, 151 return) against Fresno State on November 19, 2005. Another memorable moment, known as the "Bush Push," occurred in a game against Notre Dame, from which USC would win.[1]

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).[1]

In 39 games at USC, 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.[1]

Legacy

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).[3] He was awarded the Heisman Trophy on 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 2,541 to Young's 1,608.[4] 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.[5] 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. 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 in a losing effort 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 6,890 all-purpose yards for the season.

Awards and recognition

NFL career

2006 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
Template:Lb to kg 4.33 X X 40.5 in (102.9 cm) 24[12] X
* represents NFL Combine

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 end from North Carolina State. The New Orleans Saints then selected Bush as the second overall pick in the draft.[13] On January 3, 2007, Bush was 5th in the voting for Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

On April 23, 2006, a report surfaced raising questions about whether Bush's family received gifts in violation of NCAA policies. 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.[14]

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.[15] 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 Pasquarelli claimed that Houston selecting Williams ahead of Bush was one of the biggest mistakes made in NFL Draft history.[16]

New Orleans Saints

2006 Season

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, Reebok reported receiving over 15,000 orders for Bush's Saints jersey, even though his jersey number with the Saints had not yet been determined.[17] 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 Katrina victims if allowed to wear #5, he later said he would make that donation no matter what number he wears.[18] 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 Manning in the NFL in endorsement deals, amounting to roughly $5 million. He has signed contracts with Pepsi, General Motors, Adidas and Subway restaurants.

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.[19] In training camp, Saints receiver Joe Horn dubbed 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 Cowboys in 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.[20][21][22]

Bush was fined by the NFL after the game for $5,000 for taunting: which consisted of wagging his finger at All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and doing a somersault after the 88-yard reception score. Bush apologized immediately after the event.[23]

2007 Season

In the season opener of the 2007 season, Bush and the Saints lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts 41–10. 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 Buccaneers and 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.

2008 Season

Bush and the New Orleans Saints faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open the 2008 season. With Deuce McAllister 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.[citation needed] Bush showed great improvement early in the season, particularly during week 3 against the Denver Broncos where 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 Minnesota Vikings, he returned two punts for touchdowns and nearly had a third, tying an NFL record for single game punt returns for touchdowns, becoming the 12th player to do so. On October 12, in a home game against the Oakland Raiders, he tied the NFL record for fastest time to 200th catch, in only 34 games. The only other player to make it to 200 catches in 34 games is Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals.[24]

Bush was injured in the October 19 game against the Carolina Panthers. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee the next day and was expected to miss the next 3-4 games.

Bush returned on November 30 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and registered 3 carries for no yards and 5 catches for 32 yards in a 23-20 Saints loss. However, one week later he was back on track to produce over 100 yards from scrimmage and a TD catch in an important 25-29 home win against division rivals Altlanta to keep the New Orleans Saints' slim playoff hopes alive.

Media career and personal life

Bush on the cover of NCAA Football 07

French mobile game publisher Gameloft announced 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 Rice at the White House correspondent's dinner and made an appearance in Las Vegas during the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend.

On June 26, 2007, David Beckham's first major U.S. ad campaign since finishing with Real Madrid made 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.[25]

In August 2007, he signed a deal with Sirius Satellite radio to be a weekly announcer for the 2007 season[26]

At one time Bush dated WWE Diva Eve Torres while at USC.[27] Currently, Bush is dating Kim Kardashian.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Reggie Bush Draft Profile". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  2. ^ Schrotenboer, Brent (December 11, 2005). "Bush's conquest is no contest". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved July 21, 2006. 
  3. ^ Schrotenboer, Brent (2005-12-08). "Trophy hopeful Bush from humble beginnings, tries to stay that way". SignOnSanDiego.com. Retrieved 2006-08-28.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/r-bush05.html
  5. ^ "USC's Bush wins Heisman by monumental margin". Associated Press. 2005-12-11. Retrieved 2006-08-28.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ http://waltercamp.org/index.php/teams_and_awards/awards/
  7. ^ http://smu.edu/doakwalker/doak_recipients.asp
  8. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/r-bush05.html
  9. ^ http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bush_reggie00.html
  10. ^ "EA Drafts Heisman Trophy Winner Reggie Bush as Cover Athlete". April 28, 2006. Retrieved July 21, 2006. 
  11. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3086827
  12. ^ Brandt, Gil (2006-04-26). "Gil Brandt's Analysis By Position: Running Backs". Packers.com. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  13. ^ "2006 NFL Draft". Sports Illlustrated. April 28, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Reggie Bush signs deal with Adidas". Associated Press. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2006-07-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ "Texans ink DE Williams, to draft him No. 1". NFL.com. 2006-04-28. Retrieved 2006-07-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (2006-04-28). "Snubbing Bush a Texans-size blunder". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2006-07-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  17. ^ Halliburton, Suzanne (2006-05-18). "Football rookies make a big impact on fans". Retrieved 2006-07-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. ^ "Reggie Bush won't get his No. 5 this year". Associated Press. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2006-07-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  19. ^ Farmer, Sam (September 1, 2006). "Reggie Bush is putting down roots in New Orleans". Seattle Times. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  20. ^ The Denver Post - Bush league move inflames Chicago
  21. ^ Bush League
  22. ^ The SouthtownStar :: Sports
  23. ^ Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more
  24. ^ "Bush ties Boldin's NFL record with 200th catch in 34th game". ESPN. Associated Press. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  25. ^ adidasbecksandbush
  26. ^ Reggie Bush inks Sirius Radio Announcer Deal | lalate news - America's Fastest Growing Celebrity News Site!
  27. ^ http://www.mediatakeout.com/2008/26157-mto_exclusive_did_yall_know_that_reggie_bushs_old_girlfriend__before_kim_k__is_a_professional_wrestler.html

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Awards
Preceded by
Matt Leinart
Heisman Trophy Winner
2005
Succeeded by
Troy Smith
Preceded by
Cedric Benson
Doak Walker Award Winner
2005
Succeeded by
Darren McFadden
Preceded by
Matt Leinart
Walter Camp Award Winner
2005
Succeeded by
Troy Smith

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Early years

Bush grew up in the ghetto unincorporated community near San Diego, California. 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.[1] 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.[1] In 8th grade, Bush played Pop Warner football for the Grossmont/La Mesa Warriors, where he helped the team to a "Q" Bowl victory against Los Toros. During Bush's freshman year at Helix High School, he came in at 5'9", 130 lbs, and ran a 4.9 second 40-yard dash. He played running back for the varsity team as a freshman. His tremendous break-away speed and vision made him very successful at Helix. He went to the C.I.F. Championship Game at Qualcomm Stadium, where he played against rival Oceanside Pirates (and lost), his senior year. Bush was named to the U.S. Army High School All-American team his senior year and participated in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

Bush studied physical science at USC.[2] Bush often etched the number "619" on top of his black under eye markings as a tribute to the area code of central San Diego city / South San Diego county.[3]

Before attending USC, Bush was the most highly recruited wide receiver out of high school. When head coach Pete Carroll recruited Bush for USC, 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 in kickoff returns. His 1,331 all-purpose yards set a USC freshman record. ESPN's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year also amassed 521 yards rushing, 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 Camp Player 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 Allen to lead the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage, totaling 2,330 yards. He also threw for one touchdown, tossing a 52-yard scoring strike.[2]

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. He set the Pac-10 record for total yards from scrimmage with 513 (294 rushing, 68 receiving, 151 return) against Fresno State on November 19, 2005. Another memorable moment, known as the "Bush Push," occurred in a game against Notre Dame, from which USC would win.[2]

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).[2]

In 39 games at USC, 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.[2]

Legacy

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).[1] He was awarded the Heisman Trophy on 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 2,541 to Young's 1,608.[4] 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.[5] 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. 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 in a losing effort 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 6,890 all-purpose yards for the season.

Awards and recognition

NFL career

2006 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
Template:Lb to kg 4.33 X X 40.5 in (102.9 cm) 24[12] X
* represents NFL Combine

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 end from North Carolina State. The New Orleans Saints then selected Bush as the second overall pick in the draft.[13] On January 3, 2007, Bush was 5th in the voting for Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

On April 23, 2006, a report surfaced raising questions about whether Bush's family received gifts in violation of NCAA policies. 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.[14]

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.[15] 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 Pasquarelli claimed that Houston selecting Williams ahead of Bush was one of the biggest mistakes made in NFL Draft history.[16]

New Orleans Saints

2006 Season

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, Reebok reported receiving over 15,000 orders for Bush's Saints jersey, even though his jersey number with the Saints had not yet been determined.[17] 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 Katrina victims if allowed to wear #5, he later said he would make that donation no matter what number he wears.[18] 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 Manning in the NFL in endorsement deals, amounting to roughly $5 million. He has signed contracts with Pepsi, General Motors, Adidas and Subway restaurants.

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.[19] In training camp, Saints receiver Joe Horn dubbed 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 Cowboys in 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.[20][21][22]

Bush was fined by the NFL after the game for $5,000 for taunting: which consisted of wagging his finger at All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and doing a somersault after the 88-yard reception score. Bush apologized immediately after the event.[23]

2007 Season

In the season opener of the 2007 season, Bush and the Saints lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts 41–10. 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 Buccaneers and 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.

2008 Season

Bush and the New Orleans Saints faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open the 2008 season. With Deuce McAllister 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.[citation needed] Bush showed great improvement early in the season, particularly during week 3 against the Denver Broncos where 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 Minnesota Vikings, he returned two punts for touchdowns and nearly had a third, tying an NFL record for single game punt returns for touchdowns, becoming the 12th player to do so. On October 12, in a home game against the Oakland Raiders, he tied the NFL record for fastest time to 200th catch, in only 34 games. The only other player to make it to 200 catches in 34 games is Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals.[24]

Bush was injured in the October 19 game against the Carolina Panthers. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee the next day and was expected to miss the next 3-4 games.

Bush returned on November 30 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and registered 3 carries for no yards and 5 catches for 32 yards in a 23-20 Saints loss. However, one week later he was back on track to produce over 100 yards from scrimmage and a TD catch in an important 25-29 home win against division rivals Altlanta to keep the New Orleans Saints' slim playoff hopes alive.

Media career and personal life

Bush on the cover of NCAA Football 07

French mobile game publisher Gameloft announced 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 Rice at the White House correspondent's dinner and made an appearance in Las Vegas during the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend.

On June 26, 2007, David Beckham's first major U.S. ad campaign since finishing with Real Madrid made 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.[25]

In August 2007, he signed a deal with Sirius Satellite radio to be a weekly announcer for the 2007 season[26]

At one time Bush dated WWE Diva Eve Torres while at USC.[27] Currently, Bush is dating Kim Kardashian.

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Heisman Trophy Winner
2005
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Doak Walker Award Winner
2005
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Darren McFadden
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Walter Camp Award Winner
2005
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