When Reggie Bush suited up for the final game of the Buffalo Bills’ 2016 season, he was starting history in the face in more ways than one. He just didn’t know about the second one yet.
That day, Bush became the first running back since the AFL-NFL merger to rush for negative yards on more than 10 carries in an NFL season. His one season in Buffalo had been a disaster, but at least he knew it that day.
What Bush didn’t know is it would be the last time he ever strapped on an NFL helmet. He told NFL Network this week that while he still felt he could play at a high level, a year out of football would be it.
"I'm done," Bush said. "Yeah, I'm done. I said it. It's not breaking news. I've been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, 'Listen, if I don't play this year, I'm going to retire.' Because I'm not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out."
Bush went on to say he would re-sign with the Saints on a one-day contract to retire with the team that drafted him in 2006. Now at the age of 33, Bush is done.