Reggie Bush added to a very short list
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on a well deserved Super Bowl victory. Representing a city once faced with overwhelming adversity, they managed to survive the trials and tribulations of recovery, while pinning their hopes on a professional football team that often gave reason to smile when few others appeared.
Congratulations are also in order for Reggie Bush, who faced a different set of circumstances upon entering the NFL in a storm ravaged city that quickly embraced him as shimmer of hope. After struggling with transition, and spending a great portion of his career under scrutiny, Bush now joins Tony Dorsett and Marcus Allen as the only players in history to have won a Heisman Trophy, National Championship, and Super Bowl.
Bush finished his first Super Bowl with just 67 yards of total offense, used primarily in spot situations to move the chains. Dorsett finished with 77 yards in the Cowboys victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Former Trojan Marcus Allen was the MVP of Super Bowl XVIII, powered by his 191 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, as the Raiders romped over the Redskins. Dorsett and Allen played those games with Heisman winning teammates, quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Jim Plunkett.
Sedrick Ellis and Billy Miller join Bush as former Trojans on the Saints Super Bowl roster. They follow a long line of recent champions produced by the program, which includes Troy Polamalu (’08, ’06), Steve Smith (’07), Willie McGinest (’04, ’03), Keyshawn Johnson (’02).