Mr. Reggie Bush or Bust?

G DAnalyst IIIDecember 15, 2008

With one of greatest college careers of all time, Reggie Bush entered the NFL in 2006 with arguably the highest expectations ever for a player. Has Bush lived up to those expectations?

Not even close.

Piling up over 2,200 total yards and 18 touchdowns his senior year at powerhouse USC, Bush's name was too quickly thrown in with names such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook.

Bush went on to win the Heisman Trophy in honor of the greatest player in college football. He was a for-sure No. 1 overall pick to the Houston Texans, but that didn't happen either. Did the Texans see the light at the end of the tunnel?

In place of Bush, the Texans drafted defensive end Mario Williams from North Carolina State. At the time the Texans were absolutely ripped apart, chewed up, and spit out. Looking back on the decision, I'd like to think it was one of the best moves of all time.

Although you can't compare a running back to a defensive end, the numbers don't lie. The Texas also saved a load of money in the process. Williams has the edge in his early career while Bush continues to struggle from the college transition.

Quite frankly, I don't think Mr. Bush should be considered in the same sentence as fellow draft mates Maurice Jones Drew, Joseph Addai, or DeAngelo Williams. All were drafted after Bush, AND all have posted at least one 1,000-yard season. I'd even go as far to say LenDale White has proven himself more reliable.

I compare Reggie Bush to Leon Washington, who was also drafted in 2006 (fourth round)—a flashy, quick, and shifty running back, but never able to take on a lead role in an offense.

In Bush's defense, he has proven himself as an open field threat, and he does catch the ball well. Bush posted 88 catches his rookie season, but Bush's rushing touchdowns compared to that of his receiving touchdowns are almost similar since he's been in the NFL. That is a sign of a mediocre player.

This isn't college anymore, Reggie. You can no longer run sideline to sideline and expect to gain more than a yard. Since you've been in the NFL, you haven't posted over 600 yards rushing. You might be a good receiver or even a returner, but not a solid NFL running back.

With that being said—

Reggie Bush or Reggie Bust? You make the call.