It’s been four years and two teams ago that he helped the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV, but there’s one memory about the championship that hasn’t escaped Reggie Bush’s mind: how he felt when the confetti fell.
“(It’s) that sigh of relief, the sense of accomplishment, everything you’ve worked for your whole life,” Bush said Friday on NBC’s Pro Football Talk. “It finally paid off. It’s the moment you’ve dream of since you were a little kid, and now it came true. It’s a reality. It’s just a great feeling, and it’s something you’ll never forget.”
The Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2006 has a number of connections to Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Bush played at USC for Pete Carroll, now the Seattle Seahawks’ head coach. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning used to be with the Colts, whom the Saints defeated in Super Bowl XLIV.
Bush — who spent five seasons with the Saints before being traded to Miami — was a huge part of New Orleans’ lone Super Bowl title, accounting for a combined 1,050 receiving, rushing and punt-return yards as well as a total of 11 touchdowns, including the playoffs. He was with the Dolphins for 2011 and 2012 and spent 2013 with Detroit.
Detroit’s incoming offensive coordinator is Joe Lombardi, who was in his first year as New Orleans’ quarterbacks coach when the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV.
Bush on Friday told Pro Football Talk he pushed the Saints to trade him. At the time, he had forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy in the wake of an NCAA scandal ensnaring USC, and the Saints had drafted Mark Ingram out of Alabama in the first round.
“It was tough,” Bush said about asking for the trade from the Saints. “Just the element of the unknown of going to a different team and having to adapt to a new environment, new teammates, new coaching staff, everything — it was a little scary at first.”
Cameron Jordan says Saints would beat Seattle at the Superdome
Bush wasn’t Pro Football Talk’s only guest on Friday that was of interest to Saints fans. Defensive end Cameron Jordan appeared and said that he respected Seattle for beating the Saints this season in Week 13 and in a divisional playoff, yet he sounded quite confident New Orleans would triumph against the Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“If they come to us, I think it’s a no-brainer,” said Jordan, who participated in his first Pro Bowl after recording 12.5 sacks this year.
It might be a no-brainer. The Saints have won the last 17 games they’ve played at the Superdome with coach Sean Payton on the sidelines.
Jordan added that he’d prefer it if both Seattle and Denver lost the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday.
“If they (ended) in a tie and I don’t have to deal with the new world champion, I’d be happy,” he remarked.
Jimmy Graham appearing on Jimmy Fallon
All-Pro Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was scheduled to be on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Friday. The show airs at 11:30 p.m.