Former Pitt Heisman Trophy Winner and National Champion Tony Dorsett is not among those criticizing fellow Heisman winner Reggie Bush for allegedly receiving illegal perks while at USC:â†µ
“I don’t see any reason to take it back from him. Anybody that watched college football during his time will tell you Reggie Bush was the most exciting football player on earth at the college level,” said Tony Dorsett, the former Pittsburgh Panthers and Dallas Cowboys great.â†µ
“I think he was a very justified winner. His numbers were right. He meant as much as anybody has ever meant to their team...â†µ
“It’s not Reggie Bush. I don’t know what his economic background was at that time, but that’s what a lot of these universities do. They get these great talents and they get them to go to their higher institutions of learning because they shell out a little cheese for them,” Dorsett said.â†µ
“And sometimes these kids need that. They all know it’s wrong. But in most cases, they don’t ask (schools) for it. They offer it. Those people that are doing that need to be sanctioned.”â†µ
I’ve got to say while I agree with Dorsett that more of the guilt should perhaps fall to USC, I disagree with him about Bush keeping the trophy. While Bush may have been the best player in college football when he won the Heisman, as the article correctly points out, the rules state that any winner must be in compliance with NCAA rules. If Bush is found guilty, then he should lose his trophy. Simply put, those are the rules.