Reggie Bush said yesterday he is returning the 2005 Heisman Trophy.
His declaration put to rest the status of Heisman rumors that were circulating for weeks. Many were wondering if the Heisman folks would pull the award away from Bush.
So whether he was encourage to surrender the award or did it out of his own will, Bush made the right choice.
The Heisman Trophy has always been about more than great football accomplishment. Character counts too. Bush did not display good character. So, now the Heisman folks can move on and decide whether to give it to runner-up Vince Young or leave the award vacant for 2005.
Bush can move on too. He has accepted the consequences of his bad actions while playing for USC. He cannot erase the actions, but maybe his conscience is a bit clearer these days.
People want to still blame Bush for the USC troubles. I am not saying that he wasn't a major player in the mess, but where was the athletic administration and coaching staff? I think Bush was a definite symptom at USC, but not the disease.
Some people also believe Bush is not paying for his sins at USC. This is not the case. He gave back the highest individual prize in college football and will probably continue some lingering guilt for his mistakes.
What do you think about Bush giving back the Heisman?