While it wasn’t surprising news, former USC running back Reggie Bush has retired from the NFL. The veteran rusher, who played for five teams in his 10-year NFL career, has not yet officially fired retirement papers, however, he did say this on NFL Network on Friday.
“I’m done. I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”
Bush has been a free agent all season, but was not signed by any team this year, and apparently seen that the writing is on the wall.
A dynamic play-maker out of the backfield, Bush twice ran for more than 1,000 yards in a season (2011 in Miami; 2013 in Detroit). He was the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, going to the Saints. He helped New Orleans win its first Super Bowl in 2009.
At USC, he accumulated 3,169 rushing yards and 25 rushing TDs, 1,301 receiving yards and 13 receiving TDs, and 2,081 return yards and 4 total return TDs. He was a key cog in the Trojans explosive offense that led to two national championships and a last-second loss to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, for what would have been their third championship.
Bush’s explosiveness and “score-from-anywhere” dynamism helped him win the Heisman Trophy in 2005, but that has since been vacated, as an NCAA investigation into Bush accepting improper benefits ultimately ruled that he was ineligible to participate, and Bush was forced to forfeit the award.
Bush told NFL Network that he plans to retire as a Saint.
“The Saints know I’m coming home at some point,” Bush said. “I’m going to come home to retire as a Saint. But yeah, man, I’m done. For sure. I’m done.”
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