Former Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush is seeking to have his NCAA records reinstated.
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Bush, who played for the Lions from 2013-14, shared online Thursday that his goals to have his records restored and his Heisman Trophy returned have not been met favorably.
Following his collegiate career, Bush was penalized for receiving multiple benefits for himself and his family that were a violation of NCAA rules.
USC, which had previously distanced itself from the former NFL back, had severe sanctions levied against it, including having its 2004 national title vacated and not being able to participate in a bowl game for two years.
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After it was all but certain he would be stripped of the 2005 Heisman, Bush voluntarily vacated the award, which is annually given to the nation's best collegiate player.
In a statement, Bush wrote, "We reached out to the NCAA on multiple occasions and received no help or got no response at all. It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman Trophy 'solely' due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated."
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