He took the handoff and swept to his left. When he saw saw the size of the pasture to his right, he took a quick, oft-practiced step and sped for daylight.
After the game he spoke about it in a polite monotone, feigning a smile only when he forgot what quarter he scored his touchdown in. The NFL has changed Reggie Bush. Before three different teams, before Kim Kardashian, before the scandal and before the high draft pick, there was USC Reggie. USC Reggie wrote “519” on his eye black and backcut against Fresno State. He seemed to smiled a lot more.
When you don’t live up to your hype and your Heisman is taken away the game probably isn’t as enjoyable. And when you have a virtually non-guaranteed contract and are splitting time and have children to feed you probably think about that. It’s no longer about what you might do but what you have to do. Go out and do things with your body that no one else has done, do things that make people put their hands on their heads and do it against people that are as big of freaks as you are.
He’s not a bust, but he’s not bending imaginations like many thought he would when he first came into the league. Still, the Lions don’t attract talents like him unless they draft them and bribe them with a small island to stay put. Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh had no choice. Their only decision is whether to stay. Reggie chose to come. He chose a franchise that had one playoff win in 50 years, the only franchise to go 0-16, cold weather and one of the least glamorous to cities in the league.