Reggie attained one of the highest levels of fame among college football players in just three seasons at USC. He twice won the Pac-10 Player of the Year award and received unanimous All-America recognition.
Reggie Bush, a little history
Reginald Alfred Bush II is an American former football running back who serves as an on-air college football analyst for Fox Sports. He played college football at USC.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest college football players of all time. He was born on March 2, 1985, in the southern California city of San Diego.
His parents divorced when he was very young and Reggie grew up in the San Diego suburb of Spring Valley with his mother, Denise Griffin, his stepfather, Lamar Griffin, and his half-brother Jovan.
Though he sometimes felt caught in the middle of tensions between his biological father and mother, he was raised in a stable and loving home and considered Lamar Griffin to be his dad.
Denise and Lamar Griffin approved when their nine-year-old son requested to join a football team as a way to channel his boundless energy.
He joined a neighborhood Pop Warner League team and started playing the sport that would later become his profession.
In addition to scoring multiple touchdowns in his first Pop Warner game, Reggie Bush also showed an innate ability to avoid tackles and carry the ball, two abilities that would later come to define his career.
What is Reggie Bush doing now?
It is not confirmed where Reggie will go. He has previously made several appearances on FS1 shows, but with his role on FOX in the rearview mirror, it is fair to wonder if he will return to any FS1 programming.
Reggie Bush and FOX Sports are parting ways. The former Heisman Trophy-winning running back, who is currently embarking on a lawsuit to sue the NCAA, couldn’t agree on the money with FOX and will leave the network coverage team.
Reggie finding himself on ESPN is unlikely, given that they will be making cuts He is involved in a legal dispute with the NCAA, suing the organization for the Heisman Trophy’s return and full reinstatement.
A Heisman Trophy-winning running back is gone, and a new one is in. Bush is being replaced by Mark Ingram on FOX. Ingram recently expressed confidence in his NFL playing career and insisted that he was still active.
While he may not be done with the NFL, at least for now, it appears the NFL is done with him as he has garnered no interest in the league.
Ingram has always had a charismatic personality, so he should draw a following and sustain ratings, but how good he is as an analyst is unknown.
Bush’s contract had been extended by FOX, but behind the scenes, Desmond Howard and Robert Griffin III were being considered as Bush’s replacements.
Since neither received a formal offer from FOX, RG3 has joined ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football alongside Scott Van Pelt.
Controversies about Reggie Bush
One of the many controversies is Bush’s vacated 2005 Heisman Trophy, which has been a hotly-discussed topic in the football world for years.
After a four-year investigation revealed that Bush and his family received unlawful benefits while competing for the USC Trojans, the Heisman Trophy was revoked.
There was some discussion about Bush’s award being reinstated when NIL rules changed in recent years, but the NCAA refused to lift the sanction.
That debate was sparked yet again after the recent release of Johnny Manziel’s “Untold” documentary on Netflix, which highlighted the “illegal activities” of the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
Just a few months after the New Orleans Saints selected Bush with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, it was first reported in September 2006 that Bush’s family had allegedly received gifts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
As soon as inquiries got underway, Bush vehemently refuted any wrongdoing on his part. Of course, if you skip ahead a few years to the present, it is obvious that he had.
Bush said he would like to work with the Heisman Trustees to establish an educational program that would assist student-athletes and their families to help avoid the mistakes that he made.