Reggie Bush may have won the 2005 Heisman Trophy, but he no longer has it in his possession. After a scandal that surfaced a few years ago and USC had sanctions imposed against them, Bush’s Heisman was vacated, along with wins for the school as a whole, and Bush was instructed to return the trophy to the Trust.
Well, that was officially done yesterday when Bush announced that he had personally packaged up and sent the trophy out, something Tim Henning confirmed later that day.
“The Heisman Trust has it in their possession,” Henning said.
Bush returning the trophy ends a long saga for the running back, one that has seen his career fizzle out from what it was when he came into the league six years ago. Bush’s career couldn’t be at a lower point as the footprints he left behind when it comes to his glory days in college are now just shadows of a memory.
The saga has also ended for USC as this is the first year since the sanctions were handed down that they are bowl eligible.
Everything Bush accomplished at USC is off the books. His records, his wins, his national championship and his Heisman trophy. Bush is now stuck in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins who are right now, nothing more than a circus for HBO.
One has to sympathize a bit with Bush, who basically got busted for taking free things (albeit it pretty significant things) and for that his entire college career, one he worked hard to create and secure, is now gone like Rutger Hauer’s tears in the rain. Bush not only has to return his trophy and live with the fact his playing days don’t technically exist, but he’s banned from ever stepping foit on his alma mater’s campus.
“I haven’t wanted to go back,” Bush said. “I don’t feel like that’s an issue. Even if it was, I wouldn’t go back.”
Bush begins his seventh NFL season on September 9th in Houston when the Dolphins battle the Texans.