RB Reggie Bush Intends To Retire

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.

Reggie Bush (vertical)“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.

“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.”

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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12 comments on “RB Reggie Bush Intends To Retire

  1. Polish Hammer

    What is it with all of these retirement announcements? These guys went all season without a sniff, the league retired them!

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  2. Ironman_4life

    Lets all make fun and degrade a guy who had a better career by age 22 than all of us will dream of having. $50 million in the bank to play some football for a decade. Enjoy retirement Reggie .

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    • mcdusty31

      Shoot he had a better career and made more money in college than I can dream of

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    • Polish Hammer

      More like $50 million in pay…$0 in the bank and $10 million due to creditors.

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  3. rxbrgr

    It’s kind of impressive he could score a touchdown while compiling a negative yard total

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    • Ironman_4life

      Like throwing a no hitter and taking the loss.

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  4. afsooner02

    Remember when the Texans didn’t take him #1 and all of the outcry over it. Looks like they were right. Bush was decent but never lived up to the hype.

    But yes before anyone says it, he made a ton of money so I think he’s ok with things.

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    • Polish Hammer

      He came in with Vince who also made a fortune, hows he doing these days?

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