Former Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl-winning running back Reggie Bush has formally retired from the NFL after an 11-year career split between New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo.
“I’m done,” Bush said during an appearance on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Friday. “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.”
Bush rose to prominence in high school, rushing for 2,200 yards and while scoring 34 touchdowns as a junior at Helix High in San Diego. He’d continue to make various highlight reels as a senior before amassing 6,541 all-purpose yards en route to bringing two national championships to USC in 2003 and 2004. Bush also won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 but relinquished the honor in 2010 after being retroactively ruled ineligible for the 2005 season for NCAA rules violations.
In the NFL, Bush helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a win during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. He notched two 1,000-yard seasons in his career—gaining 1,086 yards with Miami in 2011 and 1,006 yards with the Detroit Lions in 2013.
Multiple injuries took their toll during a pro career that never quite saw Bush reach the insane heights he did in high school and college. Things were never quite the same after Bush slipped on a patch of concrete during a 2015 game against the then-St. Louis Rams.
Bush took on a reserve role with the Buffalo Bills during the 2016 season, and it appears he now 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,” Bush told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein 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.”