“Listen, 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.”
It sounds like Reggie Bush‘s career has come to an end. The veteran running back told NFL Total Access that he is planning to retire. Bush had said back in September that he’d call it quits if he wasn’t signed to a deal during the 2017 season.
“I’m done,” Bush said (via Edward Lewis of NFL.com). “Yeah, I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, 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.”
There wasn’t much interest in the 32-year-old following a subpar 2016 campaign with the Bills, when he compiled negative yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (as well as another seven receptions for 90 yards). Of course, those struggles shouldn’t take away from Bush’s impressive 11-year career. While the 2006 second-overall pick and 2005 Heisman Trophy winner (the award was later forfeited) didn’t necessarily live up to the hype, he was still one of the most respected pass-catching backs in the league.
Bush compiled at least 30 receptions and 200 receiving yards during each of his first eight years in the league, including four seasons with at least 50 catches. The offensive weapon was also a dynamic returner, as he finished his career with four punt returns for touchdowns. The USC product spent time with the Saints, Dolphins, Lions, 49ers, and Bills, and he’s widely regarded as one of the top NCAA running backs of all time.
It’s worth noting that Bush didn’t officially announce his retirement, as the running back indicated that he’d still consider a gig from a playoff team (primarily New Orleans). However, he believes it’s unlikely any teams reach out.
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