Former Heisman Winner Reggie Bush is trying to rebuild his knee and image this offseason
With his Hollywood driven career at a crossroads, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush finally seems to be understanding that indeed the National Football League is a job and that image isn’t everything. People around the Saints that I have talked to said that Bush is saying and doing all of the right things at OTAs, which you know must make Saints head coach Sean Payton happy. The former Heisman winner from USC seems to understand the urgency around his rehab of his left knee (PCL) after an injury-riddled 2008 season — 106 carries for 404 yards and two touchdowns and 52 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.
Bush recently said of the Saints not picking a running back in this past April’s NFL Draft, “The fact that we didn’t draft (one) speaks volumes to what they are looking from me this year”. The former 2006 second overall selection added, “I don’t know how much my role is going to change, but I think it’s going to step up a lot more, especially in the leadership role position…I’m excited about the task, and it’s going to be a great task.” Bush’s surgically repaired knee is about 75 percent by his estimation, so he will keep working hard to be ready by the end of training camp.
I like that Reggie “Mr. Kim Kardashian” Bush is finally understanding that you have to work hard to stay in the NFL and that this league is not all about Playstation-type moves in the open field. The Saints will need Bush, emerging Pierre Thomas, and rookie undrafted free agent P.J. Hill (Wisconsin) to pick-up the slack after former franchise running back Deuce McAllister was cut earlier this off-season. Bush was once thought of as the next Gale Sayers, but much like former 2006 Draft Classmates Vince Young and Matt Leinhart, he has found out the hard way that the NFL is not college football and that you have to be on top of your game at all times (studying film, working out year-round, and being a true “professional”).
One thing rehabbing Saints jitterbug running back Reggie Bush does not have to worry about this off-season is picking out an engagement ring for his socialite girlfriend.