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Reggie Bush treating Sunday like 'just another game'

Posted Oct 17, 2014

RB Reggie Bush will face his old Saints' team for the first time this Sunday at Ford Field, but he's not reading too much into it.

When Reggie Bush was coming out of USC in 2006, he fully expected his NFL career would start in Houston. The Texans owned the number one pick that year and many predicted Bush to be selected as the cornerstone of their franchise.

Instead, Bush got an up-close look at the business side of football very early in his NFL career.

Reggie BushRB Reggie Bush (Photo: Detroit Lions)

The Texans chose to draft defensive end Mario Williams first overall so Bush started his career in New Orleans. He spent the first five seasons in the NFL there, winning a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009.

Bush will face his old team at Ford Field on Sunday for the first time since being traded to Miami following the 2010 season.

“There’s no extra added motivation. I’m going to treat it like it’s another game,” Bush said Friday. “I’m not going to try and make it more than that because you still have a job to do and I don’t want to get caught doing too much.

“Learning from experience in the past when I’ve tried to do too much it never really works out the way you want it to and you end up making a few mistakes.”

Bush played in 60 career games with the Saints and recorded 2,090 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 294 passes for another 2,142 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“It wasn’t until the day before (the draft) that word came out of Houston that they were going to draft Mario (Williams),” Saints head coach Sean Payton said in a conference call this week. “I think many people including us felt that they were going to draft Reggie. When that happened, I remembered meeting that night, meeting the next morning, and we knew that we were going to select him with the two spot.

“The bigger thing was alright, what’s the role? Deuce (McAllister) is here and trying to find just that balance as to how does he best help the program. I think it was very significant for our organization at that time. It was post Katrina and the first season back. You would have had to be here just to appreciate for this fan base the excitement.”

Bush said his emotions heading into this game might be a little different if the Lions were traveling to play the Saints down in New Orleans, a city Bush says he still appreciates to this day for the way they treated him.

Bush may be treating this like just another game, but head coach Jim Caldwell certainly realizes the significance of it and has named Bush the offensive captain this week.

“I’m guessing that’s not a coincidence,” Bush said with a smile. “I think you’re right on the money with that one. It’s not a coincidence at all.”