Much was discussed about how the Houston Texans made a collossal mistake when they passed up Reggie Bush with the first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. While I agreed that they messed up by not taking hometown hero, Vince Young, I've never thought Bush was anywhere close to the hype thrown his way.
Now, let me begin by writing that Bush is an explosive talent. What he is not is an every down running back. At USC, he ran behind a world-class offensive line and had the ball delivered to him by a Heisman Trophy QB (Matt Leinhart). With all these advantages, the guy who led the team in carries was teammate LenDale White. The same thing has gone on in New Orleans, with Deuce McAllister the focal point of majority of the Saints offensive plays. If you don't have a strong back to pair with Bush, who can run between the tackles, your team is just not going to be very successful.
On a personal level, Bush is kind of a mixed bag. He is somewhat personable, but he also is the same person who taunted Brian Urlacher while scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship game. He has done some great charity work, especially for the city of New Orleans, but when he was at USC, he was receiving plenty of illegal charity work by Trojan boosters, which could result in sanctions against the school. Look, it's not like Bush has a rap sheet like Pac Man Jones, but his track record is a lot spottier than Peyton Manning.
Now very frew want to be held to the Peyton Manning standard, as the Colts signalcaller is funny, likeable, and has been at the top of the list of athletes who give back to their communities, but considering how many different corporate clients Bush is connected with, the Manning standard has to be used. So here we go.
Manning is the best player in the game, while Bush isn't even one of the best 2 players on his team.
Manning has some acting chops, with excellent comic timing. Bush, uh not so much.
Manning has a squeaky clean image, while Bush's personal behavior has some defects.
Since Manning finally won a Super Bowl last season, the biggest complaint that can be delivered at him is that he is overexposed. What I can't understand is why Reggie Bush is put in the same ads with Manning. On the talent and actual accomplishment scale, it is almost like having a commercial with Peyton and Eli...
I saw Bush's Men Fitness cover, so I understand the guy has sex appeal. I also realize he is a flashy player, who was fortunate enough to play in the Hollywood spotlight which is USC. These things have definitely played a big part in his high profile. I just can't get past that the guy is a vastly ovverated NFL talent. He is not one of the 50 best players in the league, but he has been exalted like he is one of the Top 5. He is the ultimate example of style over substance. What am I missing here? Please Explain Reggie Bush.