By Ashley Dunkak
ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) – Pressed on whether a statement declaring future success qualifies as a guarantee, many athletes back off. Nobody wants to look bad when they promise something and eventually fail to deliver.
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush did the opposite Wednesday. He began by describing what went wrong that caused his fumble in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Just not thinking enough, not protecting the ball, not being aware enough of my surroundings, protecting the ball,” Bush said. “The last game, when I fumbled, I was actually protecting it as I was going down. I just didn’t squeeze it tight enough, and that just comes with me mentally constantly reminding myself all week throughout practice of just making sure I’m high and tight going through the hole, or whether it’s after practice and I’m doing a couple extra drills, just little things like that.
“Those are the things that’ll help me make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Bush added. “And it won’t happen again.
Several minutes later, a reporter asked if Bush had just slid in a guarantee that he would not fumble again in 2013.
“Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah,” Bush said, laughing for a moment before affirming one more time. “Yes.”
The running back, as expected, is eager to get back on the field for a game to erase this most recent one.
“I’m extremely motivated,” Bush said. “I would’ve played the game yesterday if they had let me. Any time you have a game like I had, the fumble and not playing as well, the game can’t come fast enough.”
He anticipates the Tampa Bay defense to be just as vicious in trying to rip away the football as any other, especially because he let the ball get away Sunday.
“Oh yeah, definitely – and they should,” Bush said. “It’s part of the job. It’s part of the job description is to create turnovers on defense. I know they’re going to be gunning for the ball and they’re going to be doing everything they can to strip the ball away. It’s what they do everything. It’s on me to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”