Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman

Running back returns 2005 award
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 4:24 PM CDT
In this Dec. 10, 2005, file photo, Southern California tailback Reggie Bush picks up the Heisman Trophy after being announced as the winner of the award in New York.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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(Newser) – Reggie Bush says he will give back his 2005 Heisman Trophy over allegations that he received improper benefits while playing for USC. "While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many," said the New Orleans Saints running back in a statement. "Those are gifts that can never be taken away." The Times-Picayune has the statement here.

Bush becomes the first player to return the award, and he did so before Heisman officials decided whether to strip him of the honor. "The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting," says Bush. "In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award." Vince Young finished second in Heisman voting that year, notes AP, but there's no word on whether he will get it belatedly.

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