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Reggie Bush Gets His 2005 Heisman Trophy Back

Bush Had to Forfeit His Heisman Trophy After the NCAA Sanctioned USC for Recruiting Violations

Reggie Bush Deserves His Trophy

One of the most electric players in the history of NCAA football has been wiped from the record books for years. Several years ago, the University of Southern California got hit with a number of sanctions due to recruiting violations.

One player who came to USC football due to these violations was Reggie Bush, who had accepted a number of lavish gifts during his time with the team, which was against NCAA rules at the time. This led to him losing his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

Reggie Bush Gets His 2005 Heisman Trophy Back
Running back Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans | Stephen Chernin / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP

For years, fans have been calling for the NCAA to reinstate Bush’s Heisman Trophy. He didn’t cheat on the field but the NCAA was mad enough that they’ve taken away his honors for over a decade.

Luckily for Bush, he’s finally getting reinstated and according to college football news, he’s getting his Heisman Trophy back.






Why Give Reggie Bush his Heisman Back Now?

This has been a long and drawn-out process for Reggie Bush. He’s had numerous lawsuits levied against the NCAA and it clearly irritated him that he was being treated more severely than other athletes who had similar violations.

With the recent introduction of NIL into college football, it was becoming more and more difficult to justify keeping Bush’s Heisman locked away. What Bush was doing is now OK in the NCAA and even though it wasn’t OK for Bush at the time, things have changed significantly.

Bush’s 2005 season was one of the most iconic in NCAA history. He had 1,740 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. He was eclectic in every facet of the game as he had touchdowns as a rusher, receiver, and punt returner. He’s one of the biggest stars that has ever existed in college football and erasing him from the history of the sport was clearly a mistake.

Bush now has his honors and records restored so his fight with the NCAA is finally over.

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