It has been almost twenty years since great USC running back Reggie Bush won the highly coveted Heisman Trophy for the best player in college football in 2005 and voluntarily forfeited and returned the trophy in 2010 after an NCAA investigation revealed that Reggie Bush and his family received gifts and money from an agent wanting to represent him.

Sanctions from the NCAA were levied against the USC Trojans which included the forfeiting of the 13 wins in which Bush played, along with the 2004 national championship title. 

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Now with the changing landscape of NCAA’s amateurism guidelines and college student/athletes being compensated for their name, image, and likeness; and the NCAA’s recent proposal to remove the cap on education-related payments. U.S. Supreme Court’s 2021 decision.

The Heisman Trust has returned the 2005 Heisman Trophy to Reggie Bush and reinstated all the privileges that go with being a Heisman Trophy winner.

Bush had won the trophy awarded to the top player in college football after amassing more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and scoring 18 touchdowns in 2005. His 784 first-place votes were the fifth most in Heisman history.

71st Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Award Presentation
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The Heisman Trust has also returned the replica trophy to USC. 

The USC football program wrote in a social media post, back where it belongs. " The reinstatement of Bush gives USC a total of eight Heisman winners, most of any school.

Bush was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, by the New Orleans Saints, he played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, and Buffalo Bill in 11 NFL seasons.

According to an Associated Press release last August, Reggie Bush had filed a defamation lawsuit against the NCAA. In 2021, the NCAA statement to the media in response to inquiries about whether Reggie Bush's career statistics from USC would be reinstated when NIL payments became permissible. Reggie Bush believes that the statement has cast him in a false light.

2004 Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony
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