Reggie Bush hasn’t seen an NFL field since 2016. But this week, he’s getting paid as though he’d be suiting up this season.
Back in 2015, while with the San Francisco 49ers, Bush ran out of bounds on a kick return in St. Louis. Suddenly he would slip on some concrete, tearing his lateral meniscus. And thus, ending his season., Ultimately, he would sue the stadium over the injury. But eventually the Rams became the sole defendant in the case. And now per ESPN, the Rams now have to pay him $12.45 million for damages. Needless to say, he couldn’t be happier about the outcome.
“I’m very happy with the verdict,” Bush says. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.”
A former second overall pick (2006), Bush put together a solid if unspectacular NFL career. Spanning five different franchises, he put up a total of 5,490 yards while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. That’s not all, of course. Bush also caught plenty of passes (477 in total), racking up 3,598 yards along the way. On the ground, he put up over 1,000 yards on two occasions — 2011 in Miami and 2013 with Detroit. But eventually, injuries would pile up and take their toll. And it certainly doesn’t help that he stands just six feet tall.
However, the knee injury suffered in 2015 could be seen as the beginning of the end. He only got to play in five games that season, and upon his return didn’t make an impact in the slightest for Buffalo. Across 13 appearances in 2016 (no starts), Bush put up -3 yards on the ground on 12 carries. He did catch seven passes for 90 yards, but that’s it. That’s the extent of Bush’s impact during the 2016 NFL season.
But retirement from football at 33 years old isn’t too bad. And now Bush is getting roughly $12.5 million to not play football. You could certainly do a lot worse. In the meantime, he continues to work as analyst for the NFL Network.