DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Fresh off the triumphant announcement of his four-year contract with the Detroit Lions, Reggie Bush said he plans to bring a “balanced attack” to the team’s offense.
“Hopefully I can help that element of the game, in bringing that attack,” Bush said during a Thursday afternoon call to the Valenti & Foster show on 97.1 The Ticket.
He added that once he came to Detroit, he wanted to stay.
“It seemed like a good fit, and it was one of my first choices to visit and like you said, I never left,” Bush said about joining the Lions.
What role did Nate Burleson play in that? “It was real casual, something along the lines of ‘We would love to have you here … Just something as little as that, it wasn’t so much hard recruiting and I appreciate that … It definitely helped my decision to be that much easier,” Bush said.
As the players courted him, Bush went to dinner with Matthew Stafford. So who paid the tab? “The head coach,” Bush said, laughing.
No matter who pays for dinner, Bush, who famously dated reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian, said he’s ready for a little low-key Detroit living.
“I prefer for the cameras not to be around me, that means I can really knuckle down on football… and help this team get to the promised land, the Super Bowl,” Bush said.
Bush is being brought in as a replacement for the injured Jahvid Best, who hasn’t stepped on the field since he suffered a concussion Oct. 17, 2011, against the San Francisco 49ers.
The backfield of the Lions will now feature Mikel Leshoure and Bush, which will give the Lions the option of “thunder and lightning” with the two backs.
Last season, Bush played for the Miami Dolphins, where he ran for 986 yards on 227 carries and six touchdowns. Bush also caught 35 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Bush has run for 4,162 yards and has caught 372 passes for 2,730 yards. Bush was drafted out of USC to the New Orleans Saints second overall in the 2006 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman trophy, which he eventually forfeited.