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Reggie finally gives up his Heisman

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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.

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30 Responses to “Reggie finally gives up his Heisman”
  1. blacknole08 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:46 PM

    Heisman trophy or not, his 2005 campaign was sick to watch.

  2. carolinacraig says: Aug 15, 2012 5:47 PM

    The fact these top-tier players provide tremendous financial benefits to their universities yet are expected to live as paupers in return for their services is an absolute disgrace. Bush should definitely have kept the trophy.

  3. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 5:49 PM

    The NCAA is so full of baloney brother. The kid earned everything on the field and they will never be able to erase that era nor the night he won the Heismann. The NCAA needs to get off their high horse because they are so currupt themselves brother!

  4. papabush88 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:54 PM

    He’s still the greatest college football player I’ve ever seen.a

  5. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    You can’t touch USC and the rich $$$$ LA money … Trojans still get paid, its all covered up. Ever look at a USC home game sideline? Theres like 600 people, annoying rich people who would cross the street if any of the players that dont have blonde hair and blue eyes were on the same sidewalk. ALL those USC booster people care about in their lives is status …. so they make sure the football program can do the same at any cost.

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    Brother!!!!

  7. papabush88 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:56 PM

    Re-writing history, as the NCAA believes they can do, is the most unAmerican and Communist thing I’ve ever heard of. Vacating wins? Vacating trophies and awards? Sounds like China to me. Ask a Chinese citizen about Tiananmen Square massacre. They won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. And the ones that do will be taken captive by the government.

  8. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Aug 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    No Heisman and no Kim. No mo problems.

  9. onlysane1intheroom says: Aug 15, 2012 6:04 PM

    He broke the rules – however unfair those rules are perceived to be by some – and should have given the trophy back. No excuses.

  10. Corey W. says: Aug 15, 2012 6:09 PM

    I never would have gave it back, they’d have to get a court order to have it seized. His parents having a free place to stay in no way affected or enhanced his on field performance, he earned every last Heisman vote he got. He may never be a HOF RB, but his on field impact in college football was legendary.

  11. trybe29dr says: Aug 15, 2012 6:17 PM

    I would have melted it down…

  12. EJ says: Aug 15, 2012 6:29 PM

    The NCAA makes so much money off of these college players, but these kids are supposed to get by on student loans and money from Mom and Dad? Not fair. Yes, most of these kids get partial or full scholarships, but that doesn’t pay for all of their necessities. Just on tickets alone these schools are making a killing, especially schools like USC, Florida, UNC and Notre Dame, they make millions! Bush should have kept the Heisman, I would of. Those Bastards!

  13. cincinnasti says: Aug 15, 2012 6:30 PM

    I wouldn’t have given it back.. They can take his name out of the “books”.. But if I were him I’d kept the only real thing left that proves he was the Heisman in a year that supposedly never happen..

  14. scoops1 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:38 PM

    NCAA is a joke. This is the same group of people who allowed Pryor and the boys from tattoo gate play in the sugar bowl because the NCAA felt that if they suspended from the game, the ticket holders would have felt ripped off

  15. jlb10 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:03 PM

    he was still the best player in college that year. still the best team. all that bs the ncaa is talkin means nothing. they can’t undo any of it

  16. vincentbojackson says: Aug 15, 2012 7:49 PM

    Yeah, should have kept it. Why change your stance now? It’s obvious Reggie thinks the rules that are in place don’t apply to him.

  17. jelliot1978 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:02 PM

    One, the NCAA didn’t strip him of the Heisman since it is not sanctioned by the NCAA but the Heisman trust. I can understand the disagreement with players not receiving some benefits, and this would be all college players not just FB and Basketball but women and men team sports, but they are rules and you get punished when you break them. Reggie Bush broke the rules by his parents getting a free place to live so he forfeits his Heisman.

    I understand the difficulties of being a student athlete but their are advantages to it as well. An athlete doesn’t have the same difficulties of some other students though. Some students have to work two jobs just to afford going to school, they can’t take any shortcuts. If they don’t pay the school they get kicked out, do we get outraged over that?

  18. Angry Orange Man says: Aug 15, 2012 8:03 PM

    The NCAA made billions off Reggie Bush’s back. They could have made billions PLUS what ever money was paid to Reggie Bush’s family if they didn’t act so greedy and take that money that Reggie clearly earned. It’s sad that Reggie can only think of himself and not the poor folks at the NCAA that because of his families GREED will only be able to afford one trip to outer space per person this year rather than the usual two. Nice job Reggie. Scumbag.

  19. micklethepickle says: Aug 15, 2012 8:27 PM

    When is Cam Newton sending his back?

    At the least, I feel like he could buy a new computer for the person who’s laptop he stole at Florida…

  20. anarchopurplism says: Aug 15, 2012 8:42 PM

    @ jelliot

    Did any of those other students talent help drive millions and millions of dollars thru tickets, concessions, clothing, trickets and TV contracts?

    Clearly Reggie did not act honorable and within the rules. However, lets not pretend that the rules are fair.

  21. saintsfanchris504 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:43 PM

    I wouldve gone warren sapp and say i misplaced and lost it

  22. keeppounding says: Aug 15, 2012 8:43 PM

    Reggie Bush was a great player to watch in college he played well enough to earn the heisman. That doesn’t change the fact he accepted money and gifts and broke the rules. If I rob a bank and get arrested… I don’t get to keep the money. So quit crying about how he doesn’t deserve to have it taken away.

  23. njbucsfan says: Aug 15, 2012 9:16 PM

    Is it on hard knocks?

  24. proudliberal85392 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:25 PM

    papabush88 is right. The whole thing was a commonist plot!

  25. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 15, 2012 10:33 PM

    Thousands of other student athletes across the nation abide by the rules every day, year in, year out.

    Reggie Bush chose the way of immorality in breaking the rules by which others abide.

    The NCAA has rules so no athlete or program has an unfair advantage just like steroids. This was clearly an unfair advantage.

    This immorality included Reggie Bush’s parents, and the person providing the home neither of whom face any consequences for their bad behavior.

    In the end a young Reggie Bush made the decision to risk his reputation for cash while he had the most to lose.

    He will forever be known as a cheat.

  26. rcali says: Aug 15, 2012 10:46 PM

    Just another example to you young kids, cheaters do win.

  27. norcalirish says: Aug 16, 2012 4:31 AM

    ROFL, I’m LOVING this. Has OJ given his back yet? #westillhave7

  28. joetoronto says: Aug 16, 2012 6:50 AM

    “Nearly a year later, the trophy was in the custody of the San Diego Hall of Champions”

    Man, that has to be the smallest hall of champions in the world.

  29. jelliot1978 says: Aug 16, 2012 9:13 AM

    @anarchopurplism
    Some of those students go on to become doctors, researchers, CEOs and a long list of other professions. Do they bring in as much as the football team? Most likely no, but that is not the point. The point is rules being broken. I did say that I thought all student athletes should get some monetary compensation. It is nearly impossible for an athlete to get a real job while playing and the jobs they can get (being a face) are prohibited by the NCAA. The NCAA should change their rules but as of right now they have these rules. When 99% of the student athletes abide by the rules then the 1% need to be punished. What is worse about Bush’s actions is that it wasn’t to get pocket change or book money or money for food, it was to get a house paid for. He didn’t cross the line like the OSU players did but he drove a U-Haul through it without any care of what it cost his school. That is were the biggest tragedy is in that his actions had little consequences for him but a whole lot for the kids who didn’t break the rules.

  30. godofwine330 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:07 AM

    I wouldn’t have given up a damned thing. He earned it on the field as being the best player on it that season. People speak of all the students that didn’t break the rules when no one truly knows how many do as we only know the ones who get caught.

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