Here is the story on the statement that Reggie Bush made today regarding his returning of the Heisman.
But down below is what he should have told everyone:
“This is the first time I have spoken to you from the offices of the Heisman Trust, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of college football. Now I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national sports interest.
“In all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best for the fans of college football. Throughout the long and difficult period of Bush-Gate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the Heisman term to which you elected me.
“In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Media to justify continuing that effort. As long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the process through to its conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future.
“But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that the purpose has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.
“I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interest of college football must always come before any personal considerations.
“From the discussions I have had with teammates, coaches and others, I have concluded that because of the Bushgate matter I might not have the support of the fans and media that I would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties as Heisman winner in the way the interests of college football would require.
“I have never been a quitter. To give back the Heisman is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as The President, I must put the interest of college football, and especially USC, first. America needs a full-time Heisman winner, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad.
“To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both myself and the fans in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of NCAA corruption and the problem of agents preying on student athletes. Not to mention getting the Saints back to the Super Bowl.
“Therefore, I shall vacate the Heisman effective at noon tomorrow. Runner up Vince Young will be sworn in as Heisman winner at that hour, in this office.
“To have served as Heisman winner is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every college football fan. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: May God’s grace be with you in all the days ahead.
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