Reggie Bush Won’t Get Heisman Back
By Briasia Russ
Reggie Bush reached out to the NCAA to reinstate his Heisman Trophy and football statistics. “It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman trophy ‘solely’ due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated,” Bush said.
According to CBS News, Bush and his family allegedly received gifts and money from marketing agents as a bribe to sign with them after leaving USC. An investigation was conducted, and the University of Southern California banned bush from bowl games for two years.
Recently, the NCAA created a policy allowing college athletes and recruits to profit from autograph signings, endorsements and personal endorsements if they are consistent with applicable state laws where the college athlete’s school is located.
However, the policy will last until the NCAA develops their own permanent policy.
The Heisman Trust spoke highly on Bush’s 2005 season, calling it “remarkable”; however, the organization that administers the trophy says he is still ineligible for the trophy due to his football records being vacated by the NCAA.
Bush decided to take how he feels to social media.
I never cheated this game. That was what they wanted you to believe about me.
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) July 1, 2021
Bush will be opening up about the disagreement in a new documentary.
“After all these years I’m finally ready to tell my story, I hope this can help drive change with the next generation of student-athletes,” Bush said in a statement. “We’re making some progress, but there’s still a long way to go.”