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Reggie Bush initially didn't want to come to New Orleans

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Reggie Bush laudably embraced New Orleans, donating plenty of money and time to recovery efforts.

That doesn’t mean he initially wanted any part of the Crescent City.

In Sean Payton’s newly released memoir Home Team, the Saints coach passes along the story of Bush’s marketing agent, Mike Ornstein, telling Payton not to draft Bush in 2006
because, “This kid doesn’t want to come there.”

Payton’s priceless response: “[Expletive] you.”

[In the meantime, Ornstein parted ways with Bush and became close with Payton.  He's now helping to pimp the book.  Which is perhaps why Payton felt comfortable sharing the story.]

That quote is one of ten that the New Orleans Times-Picayune pulled from the book.  Payton apparently does a mean Bill Belichick imitation and had the following to say about his decision to sit his starters in Week Seventeen last year: “What if we get our ass beat?”

This sounds like one of the rare hastily composed post-championship books that are actually worth a read.

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43 Responses to “Reggie Bush initially didn't want to come to New Orleans”
  1. ZombieRevolution says: Jun 28, 2010 10:32 AM

    PFT- the Anti-Reggie Bush Campaign Continues. Because it is vital NFL news, like all of PFT posts…

  2. ham1 says: Jun 28, 2010 10:34 AM

    This was a story way back when. Why rehash old news, or didnt you know?

  3. govikings27 says: Jun 28, 2010 10:38 AM

    “Wow, we got away with one there on that pass interferance. That catch was real questionable also..Holy shit we didn’t get that first down. Wow that was the Tom Brady rule hit on Brett with no flag..guess we’re going to the s-bowl…Vicoden for everyone!”
    -Sean Payton

  4. Biff says: Jun 28, 2010 10:44 AM

    His favorite team was the San Francisco 49ers.

  5. Cushing Will Kill You says: Jun 28, 2010 10:44 AM

    Your last sentence should read as follows:
    “This sounds like one of the rare hastily-composed post-championship books that IS actually worth a read.”
    The subject of your sentence is “one,” which is singular.

  6. BleedGreen says: Jun 28, 2010 10:45 AM

    Did Bush SAY that or is that someone’s impression? Big difference.

  7. Zane says: Jun 28, 2010 10:48 AM

    But, unlike a certain QB (coughSheliManningcough), Reggie didn’t publicize his wants & threaten to sit out. So what?

  8. tv says: Jun 28, 2010 10:48 AM

    Payton is the new Gruden.

  9. realitypolice says: Jun 28, 2010 10:49 AM

    I gaurantee you, with the state that franchise was in at that time, Reggie Bush was far from the only prospect who probably would have preferred not to play in New Orleans.
    And given the rather limited return on investment compared to expectations, there are probably those in the organization who wished they hadn’t drafted him. You don’t draft third down backs that high.

  10. argos says: Jun 28, 2010 10:51 AM

    Worth a read? Worth a wipe!

  11. Kay Bee says: Jun 28, 2010 10:51 AM

    Why is this news?

  12. Skinsfan23 says: Jun 28, 2010 10:54 AM

    I mean would he have rather gone to the Texans?

  13. jj jones says: Jun 28, 2010 10:55 AM

    “ham1 says:
    June 28, 2010 10:34 AM
    This was a story way back when. Why rehash old news, or didnt you know?”
    Because…
    “In Sean Payton’s newly released memoir Home Team”

  14. Kay Bee says: Jun 28, 2010 10:56 AM

    …and he along with Payton and Brees came anyway and eventually won a Super Bowl.
    God is good.

  15. Yash says: Jun 28, 2010 10:58 AM

    @ Cushing,
    get a life you loser. This isn’t a 3rd grade Lit test, it’s a football rumor blog.

  16. TryTheVeal says: Jun 28, 2010 11:00 AM

    Who did he want USC to trade him to then?

  17. SF Saints Fan says: Jun 28, 2010 11:03 AM

    This book looks to be an instant sports classic.
    Quote Number 5.
    “You like cheeseburgers?” This was Raiders owner Al Davis’ dinner invitation to Payton during a hilarious, days-long interview process in Oakland for the Raiders head job. The two men dined on McDonald’s burgers and KFC cole slaw in the owner’s office. Payton turned down the job. Priceless.
    I just ordered the book on Amazon and thought you might want to pass along this link to Florio for something he might be interested in ordering for his collection:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035LD0F8/ref=pd_luc_hashrec_03_03

  18. Boudin says: Jun 28, 2010 11:03 AM

    old story. we all know Reggie didn’t want to come here in the beginning. neither did Drew.
    come on Rosenthal. don’t become Florio Lite.

  19. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 28, 2010 11:04 AM

    It was a pay cut from what he was getting at USC.

  20. promichael says: Jun 28, 2010 11:16 AM

    Well of course the very arrogant Bush would want a major market and not New Orleans.
    He was with a great team in college which led to being overrated and now a good Super Bowl Champion. He has made money and what else can he ask for.

  21. EG says: Jun 28, 2010 11:27 AM

    The Real Shuxion says:
    June 28, 2010 11:04 AM
    It was a pay cut from what he was getting at USC.
    ______________________________
    hahahaha….great post

  22. Manbearpig says: Jun 28, 2010 11:45 AM

    Why would you want to play for a Vicodin-abusing squad of cheap shot artists? Don’t blame him.

  23. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jun 28, 2010 11:58 AM

    Gregg Rosenthal said:
    “Payton apparently does a mean Bill Belichick imitation”
    —————————————————-
    And both are imitating their mentor, Bill Parcells…dumbass.

  24. robert ethen says: Jun 28, 2010 12:00 PM

    Bush is corrupt, Payton is corrupt, Ornstein is corrupt, the Saints are corrupt, New Orleans is corrupt…….I’d say they all deserve each other.

  25. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 28, 2010 12:04 PM

    The Real Shuxion says:
    June 28, 2010 11:04 AM
    It was a pay cut from what he was getting at USC.
    _____________
    Instant classic.

  26. Jack Torres says: Jun 28, 2010 12:04 PM

    Hate all you want. Kiss the ring on your way out.
    If the Saints would’ve taken anyone else with that pick then they don’t win the Superbowl.

  27. js136202 says: Jun 28, 2010 12:11 PM

    TryTheVeal
    Well played

  28. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 28, 2010 12:12 PM

    smartest move in the past 10 years of the draft was Houston taking that beast freak Mario Williams.
    Reggie Bush looked so great playing against teams whos Fastest Defender ran 4.6 forty,
    he gets to the NFL where LBs run 4.6 fortys & suddenly he aint the miracle man anymore.
    Just like Leinart who just dumps passes to NFL calliber players that dominated the NCAA talent . . then when he gets to the NFL & needs to produce with his talent, the team finds out they wasted a top 10 pick

  29. SaintsBaby says: Jun 28, 2010 12:21 PM

    Wow, Viking fans are still pissed. They should direct that anger to their rent-a-pick quarterback.

  30. SliKRiK says: Jun 28, 2010 12:24 PM

    @ SF Saints Fan:
    Now we all know why Tom Cable took the job, for the McDonalds hamburgers… LMAO!

  31. Kay Bee says: Jun 28, 2010 12:36 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    June 28, 2010 12:12 PM
    smartest move in the past 10 years of the draft was Houston taking that beast freak Mario Williams.
    ———————————————–
    Yeah I know…future Hall of Famer. He’s helped Houston get to the playoffs every year!

  32. Nola5712 says: Jun 28, 2010 12:37 PM

    @saintsbaby
    i know right?? robert ethan sounds like an old woman who got ejected from her sewing circle lmao! it’s ok son, one day your team might be a winner :) new orleans? corrupt?? no way!! who knew!? at least we didn’t elect a friggin wrestler to be a politician bahahahahaha
    Manbearpig says:
    June 28, 2010 11:45 AM
    Why would you want to play for a Vicodin-abusing squad of cheap shot artists? Don’t blame him.
    are you talking about brett favre and his ADMITTED addiction?

  33. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 28, 2010 1:03 PM

    KayBee
    u really think Reggie is the reason for that ring?do u watch football? or just read about it?

  34. bacardilvr says: Jun 28, 2010 1:21 PM

    Cheeseburgers? Man, is this what the Raiders have been reduced to?

  35. Kay Bee says: Jun 28, 2010 1:22 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    June 28, 2010 1:03 PM
    KayBee
    u really think Reggie is the reason for that ring?do u watch football? or just read about it?
    ———————————————–
    Obviously he’s not the only reason. He is a BIG reason though. You should know what Reggie can do…being an Eagles fan.

  36. MrHumble says: Jun 28, 2010 1:24 PM

    He went to the saints becuz they offered the best trade to USC plus cash!

  37. UTBearsFan says: Jun 28, 2010 2:55 PM

    If you follow the link and read the Top 10 quotes I find it unfortunate that Payton puts blame on the weather for their NFC loss to the Bears.
    Both teams had to play in that weather and the best team won. Done. Don’t blame the weather because your team is built to survive in a “controlled environment” Dome. Play the damn sport the way it was intended – outdoors!
    Very happy to see a Superbowl in the cold NJ!
    Payton should really lay blame on their loss to Reggie for taunting Urlacher during is lone highlight which lit the fuse for the Bears to turn it on! Still gives me the chills thinking about that!
    Go Bears!!!

  38. Bious says: Jun 28, 2010 5:26 PM

    Absolutely hilarious response back

  39. bskarter4 says: Jun 28, 2010 5:41 PM

    UTBearsFan says:
    June 28, 2010 2:55 PM
    Payton should really lay blame on their loss to Reggie for taunting Urlacher during is lone highlight which lit the fuse for the Bears to turn it on!
    ————————————————-
    It’s really sad that Reggie torching your defense and pointing at Ur-slacker “lit the fuse” for your team. One would think being on the doorstep of the Super Bowl would have been enough to light it for most teams.

  40. clintcooper says: Jun 29, 2010 10:57 AM

    And the Vikings fans still can’t spell ‘Vicodin.’
    No surprise there. Sigh.

  41. Ilovefoolsball says: Jun 29, 2010 4:13 PM

    # Kay Bee says: June 28, 2010 12:36 PM
    myeaglescantwin says:
    June 28, 2010 12:12 PM
    smartest move in the past 10 years of the draft was Houston taking that beast freak Mario Williams.
    ——————– ——————– ——-
    Yeah I know…future Hall of Famer. He’s helped Houston get to the playoffs every year!
    _______________
    TRU DAT! Williams has played in 0 post season games since being drafted. Bush has played in 5 including a superbowl victory.
    Bush obviously isn’t the only reason for the Saints winning a championship but he’s provided scores and big plays in games when other players were silent. I don’t see Williams making any game changing game saving plays for Houston!

  42. babnik says: Jul 5, 2010 9:32 PM

    @ Yash says:
    June 28, 2010 10:58 AM
    In this case Cushing Will Kill You was wrong anyway…
    @ Cushing Will Kill You
    Cushing Will Kill You says:
    June 28, 2010 10:44 AM
    I get bothered by and want to correct bad grammar as well, but in this case you were off. The subject wasn’t just “one” but “one of the rare hastily-composed post-championship books” and the verb in this case should follow the “championship books” because it is talking about a group, not really stressing the one member thereof…see this link…
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/one.htm
    and scroll down to where you find this…
    One of those [plural noun] that is/are …
    “One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so,” goes the old Christmas song, but the fact that the singular one needs a singular verb can lead to confusion. In a recently published collection of language columns by William Safire, No Uncertain Terms, he wrote the following sentence (page 336):
    “Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman” is one of those phrases that sounds as if it comes out of Kipling.
    The sentence caused considerable stir (as such things go), for the verb “sounds” should really relate to the plural “phrases,” not the singular “one.” The sentence should probably read (underlining things for our purpose):
    “Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman” is one of those phrases that sound as if they came out of Kipling.
    The rare device for figuring out which verb to use in this construction is as follows: turn the sentence inside out:
    Of those phrases that sound as if they came out of Kipling, “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman” is one.
    In this situation, the subject of the subordinate clause — usually a who or a that — will refer to the plural noun in the preceding prepositional phrase (not the one before it) and require a plural verb to follow.
    (my comment) as they suggest, you should turn the sentence inside out:
    of the rare hastily-composed post-championship books that are actually worth a read, this is one. (end my comment)
    There is a possible exception, however. In Burchfield’s New Fowlers*, we find this example:
    “Don’t you think,” said Bernard, “that Hawaii is one of those places that was always better in the past.” (from David Lodge, 1991; my underline)
    Burchfield adds, “A plural verb in the subordinate clause is recommended unless particular attention is being drawn to the uniqueness, individuality, etc., of the one in the opening clause.” In an earlier note, Burchfield writes: “Exceptions [to the rule that we use the plural verb] occur when the writer or speaker presumably regards one as governing the verb in the subordinate clause,” and he gives another two or three examples, including “I am one of those people who wants others to do what I think they should.”
    *The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage edited by R.W. Burchfield. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England. 1996. Used with the permission of Oxford University Press. p. 551.

  43. sharkattack says: Jul 6, 2010 8:52 PM

    The Real Shuxion says:
    June 28, 2010 11:04 AM
    It was a pay cut from what he was getting at USC.
    —————
    Comment of the Year.
    I see Reggie Bush is now a member of PFT.
    He is also delusional thinking the Saints don’t make and win the SB without him.
    Also why are all Vikings fans such Bitches?
    I really don’t understand.
    You root for a great team loaded with talent, that now sits in most people’s mind’s as the team to beat in the NFC. Yet all they can post, is lame ass excuses as to why their team got beat last year.
    I will give you the one excuse you need; Brett Favre.

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