Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Heisman forfeit causes record book review
With Reggie Bush's decision to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy, some interesting facts about his win may be subject to further review.
Reggie Bush received 2,541 points in the 2005 Heisman vote, which had been the second-highest total in the 75-year history of the award. Only O.J. Simpson (2,853 pts in 1968) had more.
Bush (2005) had been one of only two running backs to win the Heisman Trophy in the last 10 years, along with Mark Ingram of the Alabama Crimson Tide (2009). The other eight winners of the last decade were all quarterbacks.
Already revised by his own school, Bush had been one of seven Heisman winners from the USC Trojans, which was tied for the most with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Ohio State Buckeyes (OSU has seven trophies won by six different players, since Archie Griffin won twice).
With the New Orleans Saints' victory in Super Bowl XLIV, Bush became only the third person to win the Heisman, a college football national championship and a Super Bowl, joining Marcus Allen and Tony Dorsett.
Bush was only the second Heisman winner in the last 25 years to play on a Super Bowl-winning team, joining Desmond Howard.