Reggie Bush Forfeits His Heisman Trophy and It's a Cryin' Shame

Tyler RobinsonContributor IISeptember 15, 2010

Reggie Bush and the Heisman he won
Reggie Bush and the Heisman he wonStephen Chernin/Getty Images

Former USC running back Reggie Bush voluntarily returned his Heisman Trophy that he received in 2005.

The Heisman Trust had been reviewing whether or not to strip Bush of his honor, and it is apparent that the mounting pressure on Bush led him to give back the award.

Bush is the first player in the 75 year history of the award to return it.

The NCAA can take away USC's wins and take Bush's name out of the record books, but the fact of the matter is that everyone knows Reggie Bush won that Heisman fair and square with his play on the field.

The gifts that Bush accepted in his time at USC did not make him a better player.

Was it wrong of Bush to accept the gifts that he received? Yes, of course it was. Does the punishment fit the crime? No, it doesn't.

What Reggie Bush did in the 2005 season was nothing short of remarkable. He was hands down the best player in college football that season, nobody else was even close.

Bush won the Heisman in a landslide; he received 933 more points than runner up Vince Young—only former USC running back OJ Simpson won the award by a larger margin.

Can you believe that OJ Simpson still has his Heisman Trophy and Reggie Bush doesn't? OJ Simpson was accused of murder (even wrote a book about how he did it) and is currently in prison for armed robbery, but he still has his Heisman.

Whether the record books leave the 2005 Heisman spot empty, or even worse, fill it in with Vince Young's name, everyone knows Reggie Bush was the winner of the award.

The NCAA can take his name out of the record books, but NCAA can't erase our memories of what Bush did on the field.