In this 2005 photo, Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California smiles while posing for photos after a news conference in New York.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Reggie Bush says his decision to relinquish his Heisman Trophy is not an admission of guilt.
The former Southern Cal running back said today at New Orleans Saints practice that he didn't want to give up his title as the 2005 Heisman winner, but felt it was the best way to silence negative talk surrounding his association with the award.
He says his decision stemmed from his respect for the Heisman Trophy Trust and all other Heisman winners.
The NCAA punished USC after concluding that Bush and his family took money and gifts from sports agents while Bush played for the Trojans.