- Acquired by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent March 13, 2013.
- Acquired by the Miami Dolphins via trade from the New Orleans Saints on July 28, 2011.
- Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (second overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
PERSONAL: Attended Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif. and was a 2002 Parade Magazine All-American and USA Today All-USA selection.
- High school teammate of Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith.
- During his prep career, rushed for 4,995 yards (12.0 avg) and scored 450 points.
- Became heavily involved in community service during his time in Miami, speaking to kids at His House Foster Home and shopping with teenagers in foster care at Dick’s Sporting Goods for the Dolphins Holiday Shopping Spree.
- Donated money for the Dolphins’ Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway and Holiday Toy program.
- Donated $86,000 to resurface the field at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans’ City Park so high school athletics could be played again at the stadium.
- Became a regional spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- Served as guest co-host with Kelly Ripa on her nationally syndicated television show “LIVE! With Kelly” twice.
- Born March 2, 1985.
COLLEGE: Played in 39 games with 15 starts at Southern California, finishing with 3,169 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on 433 carries (7.3 avg) and 1,301 receiving yards on 95 catches in his career. Also posted 559 yards and three touchdowns on 44 punt returns (12.7) avg.
- Was named AP Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award in 2005 and was a unanimous All-American selection.
- Just the fifth player to ever be named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year twice.
- Gained 2,330 all-purpose yards in 2004, becoming 12th player in NCAA history to gain over 2,000 all-purpose yards twice.
- Set a school record for freshmen with 1,330 all-purpose yards.
Multi-purpose back that possesses quickness between the tackles and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In seven NFL seasons, has rushed for 4,162 yards on 967 carries (4.3 avg) and 29 touchdowns, while also racking up 2,730 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 372 receptions. Also a versatile weapon as a return man with career totals of 772 punt return yards and four touchdowns.
- Since 2006, Bush’s 2,730 receiving yards rank third in the NFL among running backs.
- Has appeared in six post-season games with the Saints, including Super Bowl XLIV in which New Orleans defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17.
- Career post-season statistics include 38 carries for 200 yards (5.3 avg) and two touchdowns and 25 receptions for 286 yards and two touchdowns.
- His 1,086 yards rushing with the Dolphins in 2011 is the highest single-season total of his career and the first time he has rushed for 1,000 or more yards in a season. It ranks as the eighth highest single-season rushing total in Dolphins history.
2012: Nearly reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second-straight season as he led the Dolphins with 227 carries for 986 yards (4.3 avg) and six touchdowns, and also finished with 35 receptions for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
- Kicked off 2012 with 115 total yards (69 rushing, 46 receiving) in the season opener at Houston (9/9).
- Had his best rushing performance of the season in Week 2 vs. Oakland (9/16), carrying the ball 26 times for 172 yards and touchdowns. Also caught three passes for 25 yards.
- Rushed for 48 yards on 19 carries (2.5 avg) and one touchdown and had two catches for 24 yards at Cincinnati (10/7).
- Scored his fourth touchdown of the season at Indianapolis (11/4) and finished with 41 yards on 10 carries (4.1 avg) and two catches for 25 yards.
- Rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown vs. Seattle (11/25).
- Had his second-highest total yards output of the season in the Dolphins’ final home game vs. Buffalo (12/23), finishing with 65 rushing yards and one touchdown, as well as 42 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
2010: Appeared in eight games (six starts) for New Orleans after missing Weeks 3-10 with a fibula injury. Finished the season with 150 rushing yards on 36 carries.
- Led Saints running backs with 34 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown.
- Caught a six-yard touchdown pass at San Francisco (9/20) and his 43-yard punt return put the Saints in 49ers territory.
- Gained 39 rushing yards on five carries, caught five passes for 22 yards and had two punt returns for 16 yards vs. St. Louis (12/12).
- Finished the regular season with 125 total yards from scrimmage vs. Tampa Bay (1/2), rushing for 70 yards on nine carries and catching five passes for 55 yards.
- In the Saints’ NFC Wild Card game at Seattle (1/8), rushed five times for 12 yards and had five receptions for 37 yards.
2009: Played in 14 games with eight starts en route to the Saints 31-17 win over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Finished the regular season with 390 rushing yards on 70 carries and five touchdowns, and added 47 catches for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
- 2009 post-season statistics include 117 rushing yards on 17 carries (6.9 avg) and one touchdown, 10 receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown and 113 punt return yards and one touchdown.
- Bush’s 83-yard punt return for a touchdown in the NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Arizona is the second-longest punt return in NFL post-season history.
- Scored a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games vs. NYG (10/18), at Miami (10/25) and vs. Atlanta (11/2).
- Had his best performance of the regular season at St. Louis (11/15), carrying the ball six times for 83 yards and one touchdown and catching six passes for 46 yards a touchdown.
- Caught six passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns at Atlanta (12/13).
- Had five carries for 25 yards and five receptions for 38 yards vs. Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.
2008: Saw action in 10 games (nine starts) before being placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. Finished the season with 404 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 106 carries, as well as 52 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns.
- Had a productive season as a return man, racking up 270 yards and three touchdowns on 27 punt returns.
- Had two multi-score games at Denver (9/21) and vs. Oakland (10/12), recording both a rushing and receiving touchdown in both games.
- Tallied his highest rushing output of the season vs. Atlanta (12/7) with an 80-yard performance on 10 carries.
2007: Started 10 of the 12 games he played in before being declared inactive for the final four games with a knee injury. Rushed for a team-high 581 yards on 157 carries (3.7 avg) and four touchdowns, and finished second on the team with 73 receptions for 417 yards (5.7 avg) and two touchdowns.
- Turned in his second multi-touchdown game of his career with two one-yard rushing touchdowns vs. Tennessee (9/24).
- An 11-yard reception in the third quarter vs. the Titans was the 100th of his career in his 19th game, making him the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 100 receptions, trailing only WR Anquan Boldin.
- Rushed for a season-high 97 yards on 19 carries (5.1 avg) and caught six passes for 44 yards at Seattle (10/14).
- Scored the go-ahead touchdown vs. Atlanta (10/21) by powering through a Falcons defender after hauling in a four-yard screen pass.
- Set a season-high with 12 catches for 70 yards at Houston (11/18).
2006: Played in all 16 games (eight starts) as a rookie, including one at wide receiver where he opened in the slot. Ranked 10th in the NFL with a team-high 88 receptions, leading all rookies and second overall among running backs, for 742 yards and two touchdowns. Also finished second on the team with nine total touchdowns, the highest total for a Saints rookie since RB George Rogers had 13 in 1981.
- In 2006, Bush was the only player in the NFL to record touchdowns rushing, receiving and on a punt return.
- In his NFL debut at Cleveland (9/10) he recorded 15 carries for 67 yards, seven receptions for 52 yards and three punt returns for 22 yards.
- Started his first NFL game at Green Bay (9/17) and had eight receptions for 68 yards and four punt returns for 36 yards.
- Scored the game winning touchdown vs. Tampa Bay (10/8) on a 65-yard punt return with only 4:17 to play. The score came on the 100th “touch” of his career.
- Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
- Against Cincinnati (11/19), posted 13 carries for 51 yards and eight receptions for 58 yards, breaking the Saints record for receptions by a rookie (54, shared by FB Tony Galbreath in 1976 and TE Cam Cleeland in 1998).
- Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for December, a stretch where he had 24 catches for 311 yards, 46 carries for 234 and scored seven touchdowns.
- Tied Saints touchdown record with four (three receiving, one rushing) vs. San Francisco (12/3).