LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reggie Bush won a Heisman Trophy and two national championships while playing at the Coliseum for the University of Southern California.
He also won the love of millions of Los Angeles football fans — and that's something he actually got to keep.
Now an NFL veteran on the back stretch of his career, Bush is excited to return to the Coliseum as his Buffalo Bills (2-2) visit the Los Angeles Rams (3-1).
"It's long overdue, and I think everybody realizes that," Bush said of pro football's return to the nation's second-largest city. "It's good that the Rams have gotten back. I think it's going to be great."
While Bush might not be much of a factor in the Bills' game plan, he's still wildly popular in Los Angeles, where coach Pete Carroll's dominant Trojans were the biggest show in town during the NFL's 21-year absence.
Bush's jersey is still among the most popular in the crowd at any Trojans game, even after the school officially disassociated itself from the star tailback. USC was hit with heavy NCAA sanctions in 2010 surrounding his family's acceptance of improper benefits.
Bush never expected to get the chance to play professionally in the stadium where USC dominated during his heyday, and he still might not suit up for the Bills, who have him near the bottom of the depth chart.
But he'll be there Sunday along with fellow Trojans-turned-Bills Robert Woods, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Kevon Seymour.
"It's always important to pass it down, because at some point in time, we all get too old to play," said Bush, who lives in nearby Pacific Palisades with his family in the offseason. "But not yet. I'm not done yet."
The second home game of the Rams' homecoming season — and their final game at the Coliseum until November — matches two teams off to impressive starts.
After knocking off NFC West rivals Seattle and Arizona, the Rams are on just their third three-game winning streak in 10 years and their best start to a season since 2006.
Buffalo is coming off impressive back-to-back victories over Arizona and New England. The Bills have won two straight games — and they haven't won three straight since early in the 2011 season.
John Wawrow | USAtoday.com | October 7, 2016