When Reggie Bush first arrived in Detroit two years ago when he signed with the Lions as a free agent, he was a good fit right away.
The veteran running back was not shy and took on an immediate leadership role. It’s just the way he was.
He was always a professional.
Since he played at USC and once dated Kim Kardashian, Bush could have been all Hollywood. He was not. He seemed to fit right in to Detroit with a strong work ethic. He even has a passion for classic cars.
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He took his responsibilities with the media seriously.
Last week at the NFL Combine, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew described Bush as a warrior. He said Bush played through his injury in the loss to Dallas in the playoffs.
“Reggie fought through some things throughout the entire season and was able to get on the field and compete that means a lot to me. I think the locker room respects him and I have great respect for him for that reason,’’ Mayhew said on Friday.
Before the season started offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was with the New Orleans Saints when Bush was there, was pleased that Bush still had his trademark explosiveness.
But Bush injured his ankle and was hampered for much of the season, although he played in 11 games.
He turns 30 in March.
It’s been a good run for Bush who could still find work with another NFL team.
He will be missed by his teammates and the Lions’ fans who got to know him.