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Born Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush II on March 2, 1985 in San Diego, California, he was nicknamed "The President" due to the American President with a similar family name at that time.
He played running back/tailback, wide receiver, and punt and kickoff returner for the team.
A hard working skill player, Bush has homerun hitting speed and can produce in a variety of ways. May not be a back for everyone due to limited size yet can be very productive in a friendly scheme.
Had a school record 2,890 total yards. Rushed for 1,740 yards on 200 carries, for an eye-popping 8.7 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns. Gained over 100 yards eight times during 2005. Bush added 37 catches for 478 yards and two touchdowns for an average of 12.9 yards per reception. Also averaged 17.6 yards on 28 returns for 493 yards. Named first-team All-American by the Associated Press and many others. Bush's eighteen touchdowns came after plays averaging 31.4 yards.
On December 8, 2005, Bush was awarded the prestigious Walter Camp Award and the Doak Walker Award. On December 10, 2005, Bush won the most prestigious individual award in all of college football, the Heisman Trophy, beating finalists Vince Young and teammate Matt Leinart by the 17th largest point margin of all time (933 points, 88% of first place votes, and on 99% of ballots). Additionally, he was named the 2005 AP Sportsman of the Year.
On January 12, 2006, Bush elected to forgo his senior season at USC and declare himself eligible for the NFL draft. Since it is predicted that he will be the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, currently held by the Houston Texans, Houston (with a 2-14 record in 2005) is the favorite to obtain Bush.
On 23 April 2006, a report surfaced raising questions about whether Bush's family received gifts in violation of NCAA policies. The school has requested that the conference investigate the matter.
Bush's selection by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL draft generated excitement and celebration among New Orleans Saints fans. By the end of the week after the draft, Reebok reported receiving over 15,000 orders for Bush's Saints jersey, even though his jersey number with the Saints had not yet been determined. Bush had petitioned the NFL to wear number 5 on his jersey, which he has worn throughout his high school and college careers. However, in order for him to wear #5, the NFL would have to revise its numbering regulations, which require running backs to wear a number between 20 and 49. Bush was allowed to wear the number 5 during the Saints' minicamp practices pending the NFL's ruling. On May 23, the NFL competition committee officially rejected his request, and on May 25, it was officially announced that Bush would be wearing number 25, acquired from Saints running back Fred McAfee. Although Bush had earlier pledged to donate a quarter of the money he receives from jersey sales to Katrina victims if allowed to wear #5, he later said he would make that donation no matter what number he wears. As part of the deal with McAfee to wear #25, Bush agreed to allocate half of that money to charities of McAfee's choosing. McAfee pledged to donate his share to Katrina victims in his home state of Mississippi. Bush has also already set an amazing record. He is the second youngest NFL player with the largest money in endorsement deals this early in his career, amounting to roughly 5 million dollars. He has signed contracts with Pepsi, General Motors, Adidas and Subway restaurants. He is the runner up in this category to Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, who was worth 10 million in endorsement deals this early in his career.
Bush's rookie season had both ups and downs, although as the season wore on, he became more productive and integral to the Saints' surprising success. In the first game of Bush's NFL career, he amassed 141 total yards against the Cleveland Browns. He carried the ball fewer times than his counterpart Deuce McAllister, putting off any speculation that he would immediately supplant McAllister as the starter in New Orleans. The New Orleans Saints won the game by a score of 19-14.
Reggie Bush was fined by the NFL after the game for $5,000 dollars for taunting: which consisted of wagging his finger at All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and doing a somersault after the 88-yard reception score. Bush apologized immediately after the event.
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