Reggie Bush calls for return of his Heisman Trophy, reinstatement of his records
Now that name, image and likeness has been made legal, Reggie Bush would like to see his achievements honored by the NCAA.
Including the return of his Heisman Trophy.
Bush won the award during the 2005 season after racking up 2,218 total yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns for the Trojans. To this day, many regard Bush as the most exciting college football player of all time.
Years later, it was discovered Bush’s family received compensation during his college career and USC was put on probation by the NCAA. Following those events, the former Heisman winner had his trophy taken back by the Heisman Trust in 2010.
He is currently the only player in the award’s history to have his trophy taken away.
On Thursday, Bush released the following statement as athletes across the country can now legally do what he is still be punished more than a decade later.
“Over the last few months, on multiple occasions, my team and I have reached out to both the NCAA and The Heisman Trust in regard to the reinstatement of my college records and the return of my Heisman. We left multiple messages for Michael Comerford, the President of the Heisman Trust, but instead received a call from Rob Whalen, the Executive Director, who stated that Mr. Comerford would not be calling us back and that, in any event, they could not help us. We reached out to the NCAA on multiple occasions and received no help or got no response at all. 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.”