Reggie Bush Biography
On December 8, 2005, Reggie Bush was awarded the Walter Camp Award and the Doak Walker Award. On December 10, Reggie Bush won the most prestigious individual award in college football, the Heisman Trophy, beating out finalists Vince Young and former Heisman winner and teammate Matt Leinart. He rang up the highest-ever percentages of first-place votes (84.9 percent) and possible points (91.7 percent) in the balloting by members of the media and former Heisman winners. Additionally, he was named the 2005 AP Sportsman of the Year.
On January 12, 2006, Reggie Bush elected to forgo his senior season at USC and declared himself eligible for the NFL draft. Since it was predicted that he would be the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, held by the Houston Texans, Houston was expected to obtain Reggie Bush. 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 selected Reggie Bush with their #2 pick in the draft.
After being drafted by the Saints, many fans have called him "Saint Reggie", The Messiah and Mardi Gras, à la "King James", a name given to LeBron James because many expected him to be a savior for his team and city. Reggie Bush is now under the same hype.
On April 23, 2006, a report surfaced raising questions about whether Reggie Bush's family received gifts in violation of NCAA policies. The school has requested that the conference investigate the matter.
In his freshman season, Reggie Bush immediately made a big impact for the Trojans, rushing for 521 yards, catching 15 passes for 314 yards, gaining another 492 yards returning kickoffs, and scored 8 touchdowns (3 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 kickoff return). His 1,331 total yards are the most ever by a freshman in USC history.
As a sophomore in 2004, Reggie Bush amassed 2,330 all-purpose yards, the most ever gained by a Trojan player since Marcus Allen gained a school record 2,683 yards in his Heisman trophy winning season of 1981, and scored 15 touchdowns (6 rushing, 7 receiving, 2 kickoff returns). He has lost only three fumbles in his college career, the first time against UCLA in 2004, the second in the Fresno State game in 2005, and the third against Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The fumble against Texas was thought by most experts to be an attempted lateral, and some believe it went forward.
In the 2005 game against Fresno State where he committed one of his 3 fumbles, Reggie Bush set a PAC-10 record with 513 all-purpose yards, including 294 yards rushing.
He and teammate Matt Leinart became the first and only two Heisman Trophy winners to play together in a single game (as Heisman trophy winners), the Rose Bowl on January 4, 2006 against the University of Texas Longhorns, which USC lost 41-38. Reggie Bush had a decent performance, amassing a total of 279 all-purpose yards (82 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards, 102 kickoff return yards) and one touchdown scored, but it was vastly overshadowed by his runner-up in the Heisman, Vince Young, and Reggie Bush's teammate LenDale White, who led USC in rushing with 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. This game gave Reggie Bush a total of 2,890 all-purpose yards for the season, the most ever by a USC player, and 19 touchdowns.
In celebration of their stellar careers, Reggie 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.
He was featured on the cover of NCAA Football 2007, released on July 18, 2006.
Reggie Bush finished the 2005 football season nationally-ranked in several statistical categories:
All Purpose Yards per Game: 10th
Entering the NFL Draft
On April 26, 2006, three days prior to the 2006 NFL Draft, he signed a multiyear endorsement with the athletic sportswear company Adidas, where he will promote football and training clothes and even launch cleats in 2007.
On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Mario Williams signed a deal with the Houston Texans, meaning that Reggie Bush would not be the first draft pick. Reggie 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.
Reggie Bush was indeed drafted by the Saints with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Houston Texans' decision to not take Reggie Bush was derided by many sports analysts. ESPN commentator Len Pasquarelli claimed that Houston selecting Williams ahead of Reggie Bush was one of the biggest mistakes made in NFL Draft history.
It has been reported by Oregonian writers Jim Beseda & Paul Bucker that Reggie Bush put in a good word with the Saints' execs for former Pac-10 rival and Fred Biletnikoff Award winner Mike Hass, contributing to Hass being drafted by the Saints in the 6th round. It had also been reported that Reggie Bush requested for Hass to be his roommate at rookie camp, but Reggie Bush ended up rooming with someone else.
New Orleans Saints
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 has pledged to help the city recover from the hurricane. On May 15, 2006, Reggie Bush donated $50,000 to help a local Catholic school for students with learning disabilities from closing.
As of July 21, 2006, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports speculated that Reggie Bush may stage an extended hold-out before signing with the Saints. It has been reported that he may even go so far as to sit-out the entire 2006 NFL season and re-enter the Draft in 2007. While this has not been confirmed by other sources, SportsCenter acknowledged the rumors.
On July 28, 2006, he became an official holdout by not showing up at a mandatory team meeting. However, he signed a contract for six years the following day and reported on July 30. The deal includes $ 26.35 million guaranteed and $51 million total. Incentives can bring the deal up to $62 million.
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