After spending nine years in New Orleans, Detroit, and Miami, Reggie Bush will be coming back to California. One of the most exciting players to ever play in college football history is now apart of the San Francisco 49ers. Bush, entering his tenth year, will be running the ball, receiving, as well as returning punts; something he hasn’t done since his final season with the Saints. Bush signed with the Niners this spring as a free agent and brought up the idea of returning punts again. Coach Jim Tomsula is excited that Bush is open to the opportunity and is fully on board with this decision.
Bush’s career had its highlights over the past nine years despite playing with three different teams. Bush was the No.2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and instantly showed his versatility, rushing for 565 yards and six touchdowns and 742 receiving yards along with two touchdowns. In 2009 Bush helped the Saints win a Super Bowl with his receiving, rushing, and punt returning skills, similar to the role he’ll be playing with San Francisco.
The next two years with Miami, Bush had breakout seasons. In his first year with the Dolphins, he rushed for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns along with 296 receiving yards. The following year, Bush ran for 986 yards and caught 35 passes for 292 yards. After a brief stint in Miami, Bush then landed in Detroit for his next two years.
In 2013 Bush came in and once again looked like his old self, tearing up defenders by having 1,512 yards total yards from scrimmage. Bush was effective for the most part of his career in Detroit but injuries held back Bush during his 2014 campaign. Now, Bush has another chance to make big plays and excite Niner fans along with SC fans.
With Frank Gore joining the Indianapolis Colts, Bush is the most experienced back amongst youngsters Kendall Hunter and Carlos Hyde, and rookie Mike Davis. The group has big shoes to fill but Bush said it perfectly when speaking about Gore’s departure, “I’m not trying to duplicate Gore but just play my part.”A healthy and motivated Bush will definitely succeed at playing his role and become a valuable weapon for Kapernick and this Niners offense.