After months of giving the folks at the Heisman Trust the Heisman stiff arm, 2005 Heisman winner Reggie Bush confirmed on Wednesday that his Heisman Trophy has been returned.
Bush, who now plays for the Dolphins, said the statue had been delivered months ago during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show. Since there had been no report or announcement that the handoff had occurred, his response created confusion.
Paul Pabst, executive producer of The Dan Patrick Show, confirmed with the Heisman Trust that the trophy has indeed been returned.
Nearly two years ago, Bush announced that he would surrender the trophy in the wake of an NCAA investigation that found he had received cash and other benefits during the 2005 season. His statement was strident, not contrite, blaming the decision on “persistent media speculation” regarding the allegations of rules violations. He separately said that the decision isn’t “an admission of guilt.”
Nearly a year later, the trophy was in the custody of the San Diego Hall of Champions, and SportsByBrooks.com reported that Bush had decided not to return it. He apparently has since changed his mind.
And it’s now officially too late to change it back.