Reggie Bush knows he’s done, wants to retire as a Saint

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A couple months ago, Reggie Bush was putting out word that if any team needed a veteran running back, he was available. Now Bush realizes that isn’t happening.

“I’m done,” Bush said on NFL Network. “I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”

Bush entered the NFL with the Saints as the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, and although he later spent two years with the Dolphins, two with the Lions, one with the 49ers and one with the Bills, he still considers himself a Saint.

“The Saints know I’m coming home at some point,” Bush said. “I’m going to come home to retire as a Saint. But yeah, man, I’m done. For sure. I’m done.”

Although Bush never became the NFL superstar some expected him to be during his great college career at USC, he does finish his career with 10,001 all-purpose yards as a pro. His NFL career, if not a great one was at least a very good one.

33 responses to “Reggie Bush knows he’s done, wants to retire as a Saint

  1. I consider him a Saint as well. Funny part is he amassed more running yardage with the Fins and Detroit then his time with the Saints where he was used as a dual threat i.e Kamara.

  2. Tough to admit – but finished with a nice career.

    He was a playmaker who had a difficult time living up to being the number 2 pick in the 2006 draft – but still had 88 receptions as a rookie with 1310 yards from scrimmage.

    Did decent in Miami & Detroit also – tough sledding to be a HOF player with his career stats though.

  3. Reggie should have figured out he was done at the end of last season. The Bills led the league in rushing, averaging 5.8 yds. per carry. Running through the 3 & 5 holes behind Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn, Bills backs averaged 7.1 ypc. Reggie Bush had 10+ carries behind the same line and had a negative ypc. He was the first back in the history of the league with 10+ carries to do so. Based on that fact,GM’s throughout the league certainly figured out that Reggie was done.

  4. Say what you want about Reggie…but he fared out better than most of those 2006 first rounders…and he has a ring to boot. Given that he was Payton’s first draft pick, Payton and New Orleans should do him a solid and grant his wish.

  5. fcoprado says:
    Never made a pro bowl, another flash in the pan
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    Clueless comment of the day (so far).
    Reggie Bush was never a star, nor did he live up to the expectations of his draft position. However, a “flash in the pan” is just that. By definition, a “flash in the pan” does not last more than a decade in the league, or put up more than 10,000 all-purpose yards.
    And what do Pro Bowls have to do with anything? A lame popularity/name recognition contest that no one wants to participate in these days. It’s hardly a measuring stick for anyone’s career.

  6. “He was amazing in college. I don’t remember why it didn’t really translate to the pros.”

    In my view, it was because Payton always ran that playoff by committee and Reggie never got the touches. I thought Reggie should have been a bell cow back. Just my opinion, I can be wrong, but my opinion.

  7. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    December 16, 2017 at 10:50 am
    Reggie should have figured out he was done at the end of last season. The Bills led the league in rushing, averaging 5.8 yds. per carry. Running through the 3 & 5 holes behind Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn, Bills backs averaged 7.1 ypc. Reggie Bush had 10+ carries behind the same line and had a negative ypc. He was the first back in the history of the league with 10+ carries to do so. Based on that fact,GM’s throughout the league certainly figured out that Reggie was done.
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    When the Bills signed him in 2016 I was ecstatic, feeling as if the best triple threat was just formed with McCoy, Bush & Gillislee… then I watched him play… It was no wonder Ryan only put him on the field for special situations, he lost several steps in his game. Negative yards behind one of the best lines in the league?

  8. His performance against the Cardinals in the divisional round got helped get us to the Super Bowl. That’s what I’ll remember!

  9. 700levelvet says:
    December 16, 2017 at 10:33 am
    All I remember about him as a member of the Saints…. Is Sheldon Brown destroying him.

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    That really happened. But Bush got up from that hit, logged 74 all purpose yards, and scored a touchdown that day. The Saints won. Being an Eagles fan, I remember it well.

  10. Gotta give it up to reginald, he knows when his goose is cooked. Just like having to hand over his Heisman. Goodtimes.

  11. Cash earning … $63,196,734. Not a bad career at all…Don’t forget a couple of years of Kim Kardashian on hs arm…..lol.

  12. Reggie Bush had a great career in the National Football League with one Super Bowl ring. Sobering truth and eternal hope when a star player bids farewell to the game he loves.

  13. firejerry says:
    December 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    Cash earning … $63,196,734. Not a bad career at all…Don’t forget a couple of years of Kim Kardashian on hs arm…..lol.

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    You’re saying it like it’s a good thing having Kim Kardashian on your arm.

  14. The thing I remember most about Reggie Bush was when he got flattened like a pancake by Sheldon Brown in that 2006 playoff game against the Eagles. No doubt that Brown would get fined and possibly suspended for a hit like that in today’s NFL, although there was nothing dirty about it.

  15. “I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.”

    Here’s a nice script Kaepernick could use…

  16. sean payton used reggie bush to switch the style up and show the league you could do some wild stuff with a running back.
    that 06 season with post-acl tear 240lb bruiser mode Deuce Mcallister going for a 1,000 and reggie getting 90 catches and 1000 from scrimmage. that was something else right there.
    10-6 2nd Seed and lost to the Rex Grossman Bears in the NFC CG .

  17. He had a good career, but he could have been a HOF if he would have just focused on football EARLY ON instead of being distracted by Kardashian and the “Club” scene

  18. If Reggie Bush had played in the SEC vs the Pac-12, he could’ve hit the NFL like Alvin Kamara is doing now. The defensive speed in the SEC would’ve taught him the importance of letting your linemen set up the blocks FOR you. And not to just race to the outside and try to out run everyone, like he did in the PAC-12. In Miami, he finally learned to slow down for the blocking to set up and he did get the dynamic runs that everyone expected.

    Leonard Fournette got flack for saying that the NFL speed wasn’t the big jump he’d always heard about because he saw that kind of speed every week in the SEC.

  19. Devin Hester should retire as a Bear. Reggie Bush? I dont think his time in New Orleans was that memorable

  20. Another overrated and overhyped ‘SC guy from the cheatin’ Pete era…Leinart, Lendale, Dwayne Jarett, etc.

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