Will Reggie Bush go from pariah to pedestal? That's what Rams wide receiver Robert Woods thinks. According to a Twitter post by Rams beat writer Greg Beacham, Woods gave credit to Bush for inspiring many after him, including Woods, to go to USC.
“He was the reason why a lot of players joined USC,” Woods said. “He's a part of the USC tradition. Greatest USC football player, in my opinion. It's only right. He needs a statue, too.”
Woods started playing at USC in 2010, five years after Bush left college. Many attribute Bush's impactful and controversial time with the Trojans as the reason for why they chose to play and go to USC in subsequent years. Now with his disassociation with USC at an end, many feel it's time to honor Bush's accomplishments.
Bush played for the Trojans from 2003 to 2005, winning the Heisman Trophy in his final year. That trophy was stripped by the NCAA, as well as the national championship Bush helped the Trojans win in 2004. Bush also won other awards in 2005 that were not vacated, including the Doak Walker Award, the Walter Camp Award, and the AP Player of the Year.
Following his leaving school to go to the NFL, an investigation was started by the NCAA on whether or not Bush received gifts and other privileges in violation of NCAA rules. Their investigation, along with a lawsuit from former agent Lloyd Lake, would tarnish Bush's reputation and legacy.
The NCAA's investigation would culminate in 2010 when they would announce multiple sanctions on the Trojans and Bush, including the disassociation with Bush which was lifted today. The disassociation included then-President of USC Max Niklas ordering the removal of all jerseys and murals of Bush in school facilities. There has been no indication yet on whether those jerseys and murals will be put back up yet.
Many, like Woods, would like to see not only those to be returned, but also a statue to be built in Bush's honor to redeem for the ten years of disassociation lost.