SIXTEEN years after being stripped of his high honor, Reggie Bush is asking for his Heisman Trophy back.
Bush released a statement saying, “It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman Trophy 'solely' due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated.”
Reggie Bush was born in Spring Valley, California in 1985.Credit: Getty
What is Reggie Bush's net worth?
Bush has an estimated net worth of $25million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
During his decade in the NFL, Bush earned a salary of $60million.
The former football player went on to become a college football studio analyst for Fox Sports in 2019.
He skipped his senior year of college to enter the NFL draft and was drafted second overallCredit: Getty
Who is Reggie Bush?
Bush is a former running back who played college football at USC, where he won the highly coveted Heisman Trophy in 2005 after leading the Trojans to back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004.
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In his 2005 season, he rushed for 1,740 yards on just 200 carries and scored 18 total touchdowns.
He decided to forgo his senior year of college to enter the NFL Draft in 2006.
While still new in the NFL, he gathered media attention when he began dating Kim Kardashian in 2007.
Bush played for five different teams during his time in the NFLCredit: Alamy
His stellar career at USC made him the second pick of his draft class, and he was selected by the New Orleans Saints.
Bush spent his 11-year career suiting up for the Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills before he retired in 2017.
He was inducted into USC's Hall of Fame in June of 2019.
Why did Reggie Bush lose his Heisman Trophy?
Bush was stripped out of his Heisman Trophy in 2010 but due to recent regulation changes in the NCAA, he is demanding his award back.
The retired athlete lost the highly-coveted Heisman Trophy over allegations that he received lavish gifts from his agent while playing college football at the University of Southern California.
At the time, the NCAA ruled that it was illegal for college football players to receive paid gifts or endorsements from their name, image, or likeness.
The investigation led to the NCAA announcing sanctions against USC along with a four-year-probation.
Bush released a statement asking for his Heisman Trophy backCredit: Getty
Additionally, the USC Trojans lost 30 scholarships and were also banned from the 2010 and 2011 bowl games.
But the NCAA recently approved a temporary policy that will allow college athletes to get paid for the use of their name, image, and likeness.
What did Reggie Bush say about the Heisman Trophy?
Bush claimed he reached out to the NCAA to discuss getting back his trophy and reinstating his college on-field statistics.
He released a statement on Twitter regarding his case with the NCAA, saying: “It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman trophy 'solely' due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated.
“We left multiple messages for Michael Comerford, the President of the Heisman Trust, but instead received a call from Rob Whalen, the Executive Director, who stated that Mr. Comerford would not be calling us back and that, in any event, they could not help us.
“We reached out to the NCAA on multiple occasions and received no help or got no response at all.”
The former player added: “I never cheated this game. That was what they wanted you to believe about me.”