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Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman Trophy

Posted Tuesday September 14, 2010 5:28 PM GMT

Making history as the first ever player to lose the prestigious award in its 75 year history, Reggie Bush will be forfeiting the Heisman Trophy which he won while playing for USC in 2005.

In an effort to put an end to constant talk about the possibility of being stripped of the trophy, the former boyfriend of Kim Kardashian announced the decision to give back the Heisman on Tuesday (September 14).

Bush tells in a statement, "One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005. For me, it was a dream come true. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name. It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005."

The announcement - which preceded a planned NCAA meeting scheduled for later in the day - added, "The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting. In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future."

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