Over the past five or so years, the New Orleans Saints have prided themselves not only on success, but on having one of the most well-run teams in the entire NFL. Management and the organization has put together a team of great players that know how to keep their egos in check, and if they don’t then someone else does it for them. But now it appears as if one ego is starting to fan its own flames and nothing can slow it down.
The night of the 2011 NFL Draft, running back Reggie Bush tweeted a cryptic message to the Who Dat Nation in the wake of the Saints drafting running back Mark Ingram from Alabama.
“It’s been fun New Orleans.”
While the tweet seemed to indicate that he thought his time was finished in the Big Easy, fans stood by him and defended him. The very same night this happened, the New Orleans Hornets were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers — a series that Bush had been watching the whole time as proven by his social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
Many fans argued that he was merely saying goodbye to the Hornets for the season and that his tweet had nothing to do with the Saints. It was all a bit too coincidental, though, and as time went on, the truth rather casually came out. It was etched in stone a little more when Bush didn’t show up for the organized workouts at Tulane, either.
Now Bush has taken to his Twitter once again. And this time, his supporters aren’t nearly as plentiful. On Monday evening, Bush had this to say:
“Right about now we would be slaving in the 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing.”
The nonchalant attitude quickly raised the ire of many fans as hundreds of responses came pouring into the NFL back, and not many of them were positive this time around.
“He is a thankless slug.”
“Will someone please explain to Reggie Bush he gets millions of dollars to go practice in the heat.”
“That’s why your going to be traded.”
“I’m glad Reggie Bush is leaving New Orleans. Practicing for ‘no reason.’ Great attitude.”
“Read Reggie Bush’s last few teeets, finally figured out why he’s a bust.”
It wasn’t but mere minutes that all of these and so many more responses (close to 900) came back at Bush that he decided to tweet a response of his own.
“FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it’s called a sense of humor! Cry me a river why don’t you…”
Through the past few years as analysts and other NFL “experts” have called Bush a bust and said that he has never lived up to the hype or billing he had coming out of USC; the fans of the New Orleans Saints have stuck by him. And Bush has thanked them, appreciated their support, and always insisted he’ll keep doing better for himself, his team, and the fans.
Now it appears as if the words of the fans mean next to nothing to him. His attitude has changed. His joking nature has gone from light-hearted to uncaring. His passion for the game that those in New Orleans have seen in recent seasons seems to be dwindling.
Or perhaps he’s starting to believe his own hype out of college, but just a few years too late.
Terrell Owens is a very talented wide receiver and one that can honestly be called one of the best at his position in the history of the NFL. The only problem with him is that he is a veritable locker room cancer because of his attitude, his big mouth, and especially his ego. That ego is what has had him on five teams throughout his career and likely a sixth whenever the 2011 season gets started.
Teams love his talent, but not his mouth and especially not how great he thinks he is.
Reggie Bush is starting to take on that persona now as well. But the problem is that he’s doing it at all the wrong time. Owens has continuously shown his worth on the field time and time again. That is why teams still take chances on him even if just for one season.
Bush’s injury-plagued seasons along with statistical numbers that don’t measure up to big-money contracts are no reasons to start getting cocky. He has shown signs of greatness and flashiness that will have a handful of teams making a play for him if the Saints do indeed part ways with him. But if he doesn’t step up his game then his Terrell Owens-style attitude won’t see a career nearly as long as the opinionated wide receiver.
Perhaps it’s time number 25 closes his mouth…or at least steps away from the keyboard, and shows both fans, and other teams, what he can do on the field. But if this is the way he wants to keep acting then the Saints’ backfield is not where he needs to be anymore.
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