Former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush has officially retired from the NFL after an 11-year career.
The running back made an appearance on the NFL Network’s NFL Total Access this week and revealed the news.
“I’m done,” Bush said. “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.”
During his career, Bush played in New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo.
He recorded two 1,000-yard seasons in his career — 1,086 yards with Miami in 2011 and 1,006 yards with the Detroit Lions in 2013. He was a notable reciever as well. During his rookie season, Bush has 88 catches for 742 yeards. The following year, he had 73 catches.
Bush was named First Team All-Pro in 2009. And in 2010, he helped the Saints reach Super Bowl XLIV and win.
Bush closes out his career with 5,490 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 477 catches for 3,598 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Despite his successes, Bush’s career never reached its full potential, due to injury.
As for what’s next? Bush has his sights set on the eSports world. “Now I’m working for Next VR so we do some of the post-game analysis and virtual reality,” he told ESPN in October. “Two weeks ago we had our first game, the Green Bay at Minnesota game, and just seeing some of the guys on the field, it was definitely a little different, you know, being on the other side.”