79 Facts About Reggie Bush

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Reggie Bush played college football at USC, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice and won the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in the nation.

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Reggie Bush was drafted by the New Orleans Saints second overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.

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Reggie Bush played for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and San Francisco 49ers before retiring from professional football in 2017.

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Reggie Bush was born in 1985 in Spring Valley in San Diego County, California, and named after his biological father, Reginald, Sr.

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Reggie Bush was a running back at Helix High School in La Mesa, California.

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Smith and Reggie Bush were later finalists for the 2004 Heisman, making it the first time a high school had two finalists at the same ceremony.

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Reggie Bush is still 3rd all-time on the 100m dash all-time list for San Diego.

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Reggie Bush received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, where he played for the Trojans from 2003 to 2005 under head coach Pete Carroll.

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Reggie Bush was a consensus first-team Freshman All-American selection in 2003, and became the first Trojan since Anthony Davis in 1974 to lead the Pacific-10 Conference in kickoff returns.

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University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith and Reggie Bush were both finalists for the 2004 Heisman Trophy, making it the first time a high school had two finalists at the same ceremony.

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In 2004, Reggie Bush finished fifth in the Heisman voting and was named the team's MVP.

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12.

Reggie Bush earned consensus All-American honors and was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

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13.

Reggie Bush threw for one touchdown, tossing a 52-yard scoring strike.

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In 2005, Reggie Bush was a unanimous first-team All-American and winner of the Heisman Trophy.

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Reggie Bush was named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, the Pigskin Club of Washington, DC Offensive Player of the Year, and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Player of the Year.

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Reggie Bush set the Pac-10 record for all-purpose yards in a game, with 513 against the Fresno State Bulldogs on November 19,2005.

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Reggie Bush completed one of three pass attempts for a 52-yard touchdown.

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18.

Reggie Bush had 784 first-place votes while University of Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young finished second with 79 first-place votes, an overall edge in voting points of 2,541 to Young's 1,608.

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Reggie Bush became the 71st winner of the Heisman Trophy, and the seventh USC player to receive the award.

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Reggie Bush amassed a total of 279 all-purpose yards and one touchdown, but he was overshadowed in a losing effort by Heisman runner-up Vince Young and Reggie Bush's teammate LenDale White, who led USC in rushing with 123 yards and three touchdowns.

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21.

Reggie Bush attempted to lateral when he was tackled after a long run in the second quarter, but the lateral fell to the ground and was recovered by the Longhorns.

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22.

In 2006, reports surfaced raising questions about whether Reggie Bush's family received gifts in violation of NCAA policies.

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23.

On December 28,2009, it was announced that Reggie Bush had lost his bid for confidential arbitration in this matter and that the case would proceed to trial.

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24.

The NCAA found that Reggie Bush had received lavish gifts from Lake and his partner, Michael Michaels, from at least December 2004 onward, including a limousine ride to the 2005 Heisman Trophy presentation.

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However, in a subsequent report in the Los Angeles Times, Haden said the characterization of Reggie Bush's call as an "apology" was incorrect; Haden described it as "a conversation of him being contrite, but not an apology", and he noted that Reggie Bush had not admitted to any specific wrongful acts.

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Reggie Bush eventually returned his trophy to the Heisman Trust in 2012.

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27.

On June 9,2020 USC announced they would be ending their disassociation with Reggie Bush following the conclusion of the NCAA's mandated 10-year span.

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28.

Reggie Bush has reached out to the NCAA and The Heisman Trust, specifically Michael Comerford, the President of the Heisman Trust.

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Reggie Bush received a call from Rob Whalen, the Executive Director stating that Comerford would not be corresponding with them.

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30.

On January 12,2006, Reggie Bush elected to forgo his senior season at USC and declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

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31.

Reggie Bush's representatives spoke that night with the New Orleans Saints, who said they intended to use the second overall pick to select Reggie Bush.

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32.

Reggie Bush was indeed drafted by the Saints with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

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33.

At the time, ESPN commentator Len Pasquarelli claimed that Houston selecting Williams ahead of Reggie Bush was one of the biggest mistakes made in NFL Draft history.

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34.

Reggie Bush had petitioned the NFL to wear the number 5, which he has worn throughout his high school and college careers.

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35.

On May 23,2006, the NFL competition committee officially rejected his request, and on May 25 it was officially announced that Reggie Bush would be wearing number 25, acquired from Saints running back Fred McAfee.

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36.

Reggie Bush signed contracts with Pepsi, General Motors, Adidas, Pizza Hut and the Subway restaurant chain.

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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, Reggie Bush expressed excitement about playing with the Saints and pledged to help the city recover from the hurricane.

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38.

On May 15,2006, Reggie Bush donated US$50,000 to help keep Holy Rosary High School, a Catholic school for students with learning disabilities, from closing.

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39.

Reggie Bush 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.

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At the midway point of the season, Reggie Bush had yet to score a touchdown either receiving or running the ball; however, on November 12,2006, Reggie Bush rushed for his first touchdown from scrimmage on a reverse against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Reggie Bush gained 168 all-purpose yards as he sparked the Saints to their eighth win of the season.

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42.

The game was notable for the vicious hit that Reggie Bush absorbed from Sheldon Brown while attempting to catch a swing pass on the Saints' first play of the game.

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Reggie Bush was fined by the NFL after the game for US$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.

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Reggie Bush was tied for a team-best 38 rushing yards on 12 carries.

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45.

Reggie Bush had seven yards on four receptions and a punt return for two yards in a disappointing opener for him and the Saints.

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In that game, Reggie Bush carried seven times for 15 yards while catching six passes for 20 yards.

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47.

Reggie Bush missed the final four games of the 2007 season with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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Reggie Bush finished the season with six total touchdowns and 581 yards rushing, averaging 3.

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Reggie Bush added a second touchdown on a six-yard swing pass from Drew Brees near the goal line.

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50.

Reggie Bush ended the game with eleven receptions for 75 yards and one receiving touchdown.

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51.

Since he came into the league, no running back has caught more passes out of the backfield than Reggie Bush, who collected 171 receptions in his first two years.

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52.

Reggie Bush had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee the next day and was expected to miss the next three to four games.

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53.

Reggie Bush finished the season with 404 rushing yards on 106 carries, 440 yards receiving with 52 receptions and nine total touchdowns, playing in ten games.

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54.

On January 7,2009, the New Orleans Saints confirmed that Reggie Bush had surgery on his left knee, and would require months of rehabilitation.

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Reggie Bush missed the last three games of the 2009 preseason due to a calf injury and to rest his surgically repaired knee.

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Reggie Bush missed games in Weeks 11 and 12 of the regular season due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee.

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57.

Reggie Bush missed most of game 15 due to a minor hamstring injury.

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58.

Reggie Bush experienced career lows in every major category for the 2009 season.

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Reggie Bush ended the year playing in 14 games with 70 carries for 390 yards and five touchdowns, and 47 receptions for 335 yards and three touchdowns.

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On January 16,2010, in the NFC divisional playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, Reggie Bush had one of the best games of his professional career.

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Reggie Bush rushed for 84 yards on only five carries, including a 46-yard touchdown run.

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62.

Reggie Bush returned on Thanksgiving Day to play against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Reggie Bush rushed for 113 yards on 22 carries on Christmas Eve in a losing effort at the New England Patriots.

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Reggie Bush was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2, the second time since joining the Miami Dolphins, and third time in his career.

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Reggie Bush was ranked 85th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.

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Reggie Bush only topped 50 rushing yards once more and scored one more rushing touchdown, which came against the Chicago Bears in Week 16, in the 2014 season.

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Reggie Bush joined a very crowded backfield that contained Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn.

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On November 1,2015, during a game against the St Louis Rams, Reggie Bush slipped on the concrete surrounding the field at the Edward Jones Dome and crashed into the wall.

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On January 8,2016, it was announced that Reggie Bush sued the St Louis Rams, St Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and the St Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, contending that what he described as a "concrete ring of death" around the field caused his injury.

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On June 13,2018, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Reggie Bush had won the lawsuit and that the Rams were ordered to pay Reggie Bush $12.

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Reggie Bush joined a backfield that was dominated by LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee.

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Reggie Bush finished the season with seven catches for 90 yards, and 12 carries for -3 yards and a rushing touchdown, making him the first player in NFL history, other than quarterbacks, to carry the ball at least ten times and have negative yardage for a season.

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On June 5,2019, Reggie Bush was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

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74.

Reggie Bush was romantically linked to country singer Jessie James in 2010.

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75.

Reggie Bush began dating Armenian dancer Lilit Avagyan in 2011 and the two married on July 12,2014.

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Reggie Bush was nominated for Male Athlete of the Year at the 2007 and 2009 BET Awards.

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Specifically, Reggie Bush worked on behalf of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, visiting Botswana and South Africa and raising money for education there.

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Reggie Bush is a founding member of the Fund's Athletes for Africa program.

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In March 2012, Reggie Bush became a partner and spokesperson for skincare company Barc, makers of BumpDown Razor Bump Relief.

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