In this file photo, Heisman Trophy finalists Vince Young (left) of Texas and Reggie Bush of Southern California pose for a photo at the ESPN Zone Times Square in New York on Dec. 9, 2005. There will be no 2005 Heisman winner now that Reggie Bush has returned the award from that year. (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo)

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WATCH: Reggie Bush says that Vince Young turned down his forfeited Heisman Trophy

Posted June 24th, 2020


During an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, former USC star Reggie Bush said that UT legend Vince Young once declined to accept his Heisman Trophy.

Bush told McAfee that after the 2005 Heisman Trophy was stripped from him, it was offered to Young. The Longhorn quarterback, however, would not accept the award. On Wednesday, Young took to Twitter to seemingly confirm Bush’s story.

Bush was the clear-cut winner of the 2005 Heisman Trophy. He earned 2,541 points to Young’s 1,608. USC quarterback Matt Leinart finished in third place with 797 points. Bush eventually forfeited the award after USC was hit with heavy sanctions due to the improper benefits received by its star running back.


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Bush said he had not talked about Young’s call until recently. He added that former Texas coach Mack Brown had been supportive of his quarterback’s choice. Texas would have had its third winner of the Heisman Trophy had Young made a different decision.

Said Bush:

That’s why I appreciate Vince. Even in that moment, even in that time, he wasn’t a sucker. Period. He wasn’t a sucker. He didn’t go for whatever that they were trying to bring towards his way. I appreciate him for that because that’s real, that’s real love. It’s powerful, man. I think that’s so powerful. When I think about it, sometimes I get chills in my back. He had every right, every right, to say ‘Yeah, give me that Heisman,’ and he didn’t. Vince showed me the kind of love that even some of the people closest to me didn’t even show me.”

Young, of course, won the biggest prize of the 2005 football season. That season, Young led Texas to a national championship and a 41-38 win over USC in the Rose Bowl. Bush and Young were then taken with the second and third picks in the NFL draft.

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