The last running back to rush for more than 100 yards in a game for the Detroit Lions says he intends to retire at the end of the season.
The last time the Detroit Lions bolstered a running back in their backfield to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season was 2013. And that player was Reggie Bush. The now 32-year old former Motor City rusher has announced his intentions to retire from the NFL after this season.
The second overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft out of USC played for the Lions from 2013 through 2014. In those two seasons, Bush racked up 1,303 rushing yards and six scores in 25 total games. He also had 94 receptions for 759 yards and three scores in that same span.
In fact, the last time the Lions bolstered a running back who recorded at least 100 rushing yards in a game, it was by Bush. That was way back in 2013, during a Week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. He rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Pack. Bush, ever the dual threat, also recorded five catches for 65 yards that day.
Bush actually rushed for three 100-yard+ games during his first season in Detroit. Ironically, the other two times were against the Chicago Bears, another divisional foe whom the Lions are slated to face this Saturday.
Unfortunately, that would also be the last time Bush would hit the century mark as his career post-Detroit has gone down hill. Since leaving the Motor City, the aging back spent time with both the San Francisco 49ers (2015) and the Buffalo Bills (2016). Bush was never able to find a team to play for this season, thus he’s decided to hang up his cleats.
"“I’m done,” Bush told NFL Network. “Yeah, I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33-years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”"
Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints 11 years ago, Reggie Bush was able to win a Super Bowl back in 2010. But Bush had his best years as a professional with the Miami Dolphins from 2011-2012. During those two seasons in Miami, he rushed for a total of 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns.