Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Reggie Bush and the Heisman Trophy
There were reports circulating yesterday indicating that the Heisman Trust was going to take away the Heisman trophy from Reggie Bush due to his improper contact with and agent while at USC. This would be the first time they have stripped a player of their Heisman trophy. I have been listening to a lot of national reaction from this and most are saying that it should be taken away he needs to understand the consequences. The question I have, if they are going to take Reggie Bush's trophy away why would they not take away the trophy from OJ Simpson? Everyone knows what OJ has been involved in since his retirement why would they not go back and take it away? It is because the Heisman, the Hall of Fame, and any other sporting award is a recognition of an athlete's on field performance. It is not about if the player sings in the church choir it is what is accomplished between the lines. Reggie Bush was the best player in college football and the fact that he took money from an agent does not change that. It is the exact same reason I think Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. He should not have bet on baseball, but his gambling does not take away the fact that he was the greatest hitter in the history of the game.