For the first time in 75 years, the Heisman Trophy has been given back! Reggie Bush, amid the scandal over accepting cash and gifts during his years at USC, has given back the Heisman Trophy that he won in 2005.
In a statement about the move issued through the New Orleans Saints the NFL team that Bush currently plays for, he said;
“The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting; 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. 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.”
It’s a big no-no for college players to accept cash or gifts during their time as a player, and it was determined that Bush and his family had received a large amount of cash during that time, deeming Bush retroactively ineligible for the 2005 season. After Bush’s decision to return the trophy, he took to his twitter account to proclaim;
”Now that this is behind me I look forward to the future and winning more awards and championships here in New Orleans! Who Dat!”
I think it took a lot of strength to return the Heisman, even though if he didn’t return it he probably would have had it stripped from him anyway. Is he setting a good example for the kids out there that look up to him? Does him returning it on his own accord, and stating that it’s for the sanctity of the award compensate for him breaking the rules by accepting the cash and gifts in the first place?