New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.
First, there was the report Tuesday on Yahoo.com that Reggie Bush, the New Orleans Saints star running back who allegedly started his pro football career at USC, would be stripped later this month of his Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious award for individual achievement in college football.
Then came the counterreport from ESPN that no decision had been made by the Heisman Trust officials, indeed that they have scheduled no meeting to decide on whether to ask him for the famous hardware back. The NCAA sanctioned USC in part after a probe indicated that during Bush's college career he and his family accepted illegal gifts from sports agents.
I really don't know what to believe at this point about the Heisman.
Also, I don't know if it really matters. As he enters his fifth pro season Bush may not be the beast of a back that, say, Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson (who is?) But he has a Super Bowl championship which many great players never get.
While the Heisman no doubt looks impressive in Bush's home, it's not the ownership of a Heisman that ultimately dictates how a football player is viewed. Football is the ultimate what-have-you-done-for-us-lately enterprise, just ask Bush's fellow USC Trojan and Heisman winner Matt Leinart.
There are many fans who would agree with Ben Steigerwalt who writes on bleacherreport.com:
The Heisman itself has been irrelevant for years. In fact, you can draw a comparison between winning the Heisman Trophy and Reggie Bush’s NFL career. There’s a ton of hype, some statistical justification, then disappointment.
Bush's NFL career has been diminished due to injury. Still, he has had a productive NFL career even if it hasn't lived up to all the hype that preceded it.
And the money that's till pouring in from the $52.5 million, six-year contract he signed when he joined the league in 2006 doesn't hurt either.