Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reggie Bush Forfeits his Heisman: An Analysis

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM

If you haven't heard, Reggie Bush has made the decision to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy. Speculation is that the Heisman was going to be taken away from him regardless and thus this is a preemptive strike by Bush (ha!) to save face. Surely, this was a tough decision for Bush but, ultimately, it shouldn't have much impact on his legacy. In any case, I've decided to go through Bush's statement he released to the media and decipher for you, dear reader, what he really means (original text in bold, followed by my translation).

click to enlarge Reggie Bush rushing

Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005. For me, it was a dream come true. Everyone remember how sick I was in college? Seriously should have won two Heismans.

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But I know that the Heisman is not mine alone. Far from it. I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of  my teammates, the steady guidance of my coaches, the inspiration of the fans, and the unconditional love of my family and friends. This is the part where I have to credit people that had little to nothing to do with my incredible on-field ability. As for my coaches, what is Pete Carroll even up to nowadays? Oh, right.

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And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name. You know who else won a Heisman? O.J. Simpson. That dude is IN JAIL. Nobody's asking him to return his trophy, are they? Oh, right, he already SOLD IT.

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It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005. The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting. Seriously, why do people care about this? I'm a pro now. I just won a Super Bowl. USC and the NCAA made millions off of my jersey sales in college and now I gotta be punished cause I took some rent money? This is bull****.

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In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future. Reminder: I was probably the greatest college running back ever. I should have won TWO Heismans. Also, I just won a Super Bowl and it may not be the last. Suck on that, New York Athletic Club.

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For the rest of my days, I will continue to strive to demonstrate through my actions and words that I was deserving of the confidence placed in me by the Heisman Trophy Trust. I would like to begin in this effort by turning a negative situation into a positive one by working with the Trustees to establish an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made. I am determined to view this event as an opportunity to help others and to advance the values and mission of the Heisman Trophy Trust. I'm going to help student athletes who have little to no money in college and are being exploited unfairly by a corrupt institution that makes millions on what is essentially free labor. Notice I'm not teaming up with the NCAA on this. Those guys suck.

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I will forever appreciate the honor bestowed upon me as a winner of the Heisman. While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many. Those are gifts that can never be taken away. You can't take away the fact that I was the probably the best college running back ever. I still won that Heisman, I don't care if you take the stupid trophy. I got a Super Bowl ring now. Kiss it.

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