By Ashley Dunkak
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush threw out one of the best responses to wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s calling the Lions the little brothers to his Chicago Bears. Bush pointed out that eventually little brothers grow up.
Bush, generously listed as six feet tall, knows this from experience. He has a little brother who is now 6-feet-7. He told Stoney and Bill of 97.1 The Ticket that he cannot mess with his sibling now like he could when he was younger.
“I remember when he got to high school and I tried to play him in one-on-one basketball, and he beat me,” Bush said, laughing at the admission. “He’s just taller than me. He grew up to be huge.”
Bush says the little brother who outgrows the big brother is hardly unique, at least from what he has seen.
“You know what’s funny is a lot of my friends I grew up with, it’s the same situation,” Bush said. “Their little brothers that I knew growing up, they all ended up being taller or bigger than the older brothers. I guess that’s just the way it works sometimes.”
Back in the old days, though, Bush had plenty of fun giving his brother a hard time.
“I would turn off all the lights in the house and just run real fast past the door, like not make any noise, just to scare the crap out of him,” Bush said, cracking up at the memory. “I used to torture my little brother, but obviously that’s what brothers are for. That was one of my ways I tortured him. I would like turn off all the lights in the house, whenever my parents were gone, and just scare the crap out of him. He didn’t know what to expect, where I was at.”
When Bush was not giving his brother a hard time as a kid, he was admiring Lions great Barry Sanders, one of the best running backs in the game and the last Detroit player to rush for 100 yards against the Bears twice in one year before Bush did it Sunday.
“Barry Sanders, he did it all,” Bush said. “I think just about every kid who grew up watching him. He’s just a joy to watch. I love watching him. I try to pattern my game after him, try to run like him. He did it all.”
So far, Bush has done a solid job, fitting in with his new team in the locker room and on the field. Originally a California boy, Bush said the even cold winter weather in Detroit is not bothering him.
“It hasn’t really affected me as much as I thought it would,” Bush said. “The other day it started snowing a little bit, I was sitting inside and just kind of watching the snow fall, and I mentioned to my fiancee it was the first time we’ve ever seen snow fall from my own house. I’ve been to place and it’s snowed, but I’ve never actually sit and watched the snow fall, so it was kind of refreshing a little bit to see that, see the snow on the ground, wake up in the morning and turn and have to get the ice off your car and all that stuff. It was a new experience, so I actually enjoyed it.”