Not a stain to “the dignity of this award”

It seems that these days one has to go very, very far out there in order to find a person who rather than look out after their own interests, see to it that they do something so incredibly thoughtless that it just restores faith in humankind. This person did not have to do anything. But ostensibly something happened – he didn’t think of his own interests at all – he merely stated for the world and to God that a consequence of his actions should not stain “the dignity of this award.”

Reggie Bush took the unprecedented step of giving back his Heisman Trophy on Tuesday, saying the scandal over improper benefits while he was a star running back at Southern California. The Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints’ star won the Heisman — symbol of the best player in college football — in 2005.

Returning the trophy has no practical effect on Bush since he’s already in the pros and a member of a Super Bowl championship team. However, it is the first time in the award’s 75-year history that a player has returned it which is really anti-climatic in an action that should never have been pursued in the first place. Personally we think that the entire Heisman Trophy Trust has now become the unit that needs investigating just after the federal government gets done with the NCAA.

“The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting,” Bush said in a statement released through the Saints. “In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals.

Just after USC was sanctioned, the eight-member Heisman Trophy Trust, based in New York, said it was considering what to do about Bush, who won in a landslide vote over then Texas quarterback Vince Young who is now with the Tennessee Titans.

Two issues immediately come to our minds: If the Heisman Trophy is used as the “symbol for the best player in college football,” why even think of taking it back? Mr. Bush as dignified as he is still remains the best college player in the year 2005 but willingly gave the trophy back. And the second issue is simply disgusting; did the Heisman Trophy Trust ever contact one O.J. Simpson? You know that answer.


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