It comes as no real surprise, but Reggie Bush has announced his retirement from the NFL today on the NFL Network.
“I’m done, It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, 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.”
You can watch the video here:
Absolutely crushed by injuries, Bush was never really able to live up to the high expectations placed on him after college. (People tell me he won the Heisman Trophy but I can’t seem to find anything on NCAA.com to confirm this rumor)
Bush won a Super Bowl with the Saints during the 2009 season, but his two best seasons came in 2011 with the Dolphins (1,086 rushing yards) and in 2013 with Detroit (1,006 rushing yards). He’ll be returning to New Orleans to make things official, exact timing TBD.
Regardless of how you feel about his pro career, it’s hard to argue that Reggie Bush’s talent was anything other than once in a lifetime. Unfortunately, however, he’s another reminder of how even the greatest of college players can fall fail to live up to their true potential.