METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Reggie Bush says he is forfeiting his Heisman Trophy. The New Orleans Saints running back released a statement Tuesday saying he would give back the award that he won in 2005 while he was at Southern California. Bush saying winning the Heisman was one of the great honors in his life, and he knows when you win it, you win it for life, and thus must represent it's values the rest of your life. That's why he's giving it back. After he was ruled inelgible retroactively for accepting gifts from an agent, the Heisman Trust was considering pulling the award away from Bush, now it must decide to leave it vacant or award it to the 2005 runnerup Vince Young who says he'd accept it if it were offered to him.
It's the first time college football's top award was returned by a recipient. USC was hit with heavy sanctions by the NCAA this summer after it determined Bush had received improper benefits.