That's retarded. He played in the Pac-10, nevermind the fact that they schedule games against other powerhouses and play against Notre Dame every year. If he did this at a school like Northern Illionois (ala Garret Wolfe), then fine. But no, he did it against the likes of teams like Oregon, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Washington, Cal, Fresno State, UCLA, then played Texas in the Rose Bowl.
Look at his stats from his rookie year, since this seems to be what everyone is so caught up in. There are games where they don't get him involved in the running game because they have Deuce McAllister.
Green Bay: bush had 6 carries for 5 yards, while McAllister had 12 for 47. Clearly, the focus in the game was throwing the ball; hence, Bush had 8 catches for 68 yards.
Tampa Bay: bush carries 9 times for 23 yards, while McAllister carries 15 times for 123 yards. Clearly, the focus was the get Bush the ball through the air and let the big man pound it: Bush had 11 catches for 63 yards.
Isn't it possible the O-line had bad days as well? Nobody discredits McAllister, but there were games where they both did poorly. Clearly though, it's all because Bush sucks as a running back.
How many times does it have to be said that Bush's numbers this year were a product of a gameplan? They focused more on throwing him the ball because they have someone like McAllister to carry the load. Bush had 10 carries for 37 yards against San Fransisco, but if you watched that game, you would know he did more than just get 3.7 yards per carry. He made moves, he did everything. He got in the endzone 3 times on those 10 carries AND he had 9 catches for 131 yards and a TD, followed the next week with 125 yards through the air, as well as a 6.2 yard average on the ground.
Take away games where he had single digit carries, and his numbers come to: 114 carries for 426 yards= 3.7 yards/carry. To compare, games when Leon had double digit carries: 97 carries for 414=4.2 yards/carry. Now, Leon's average is higher, but Bush ONCE got a chance to carry the ball 20 times, which is where most of Leon's yards came from in these games (101 and 129). When Bush actually carried it that many times, he had 20 carries for 126 yards. It's unfair to judge his ability to run the ball out of the backfield when you don't get a chance to carry it consistently throughout a game.
This argument is stupid. Bush has more talent. Leon is awesome, and I'm glad this team has him. But there's a reason Bush breaks so many ankles and makes so many highlight reels. Give him the ball 20 times a game and he'll prove his running ability. But, he won't get that chance until Deuce leaves. Until then, his biggest strength will be getting the ball in other methods, likes reverses and passes. Leon is great at catching it out of the backfield, and he can run it in traffic. But, that doesn't make him a better runner. Clearly, no one here is going to change their minds. But, it is fun to argue.
All that tells the story, plus the fact that leon started games at rb, and bush didn't. Bush was never the number 1 running back. When he becomes a number 1 running back and can get 20 carries he will get better at running. its dumb to say that he can't run becuase we've all seen him run in college.
In the nfl, that was his rookie season, and he was used to create mismatches more than pound the ball. When he gets the chance to be the premiere back, he will produce.
As a total football player NO! as a pure runningback YES. Bush's hang-ups are he can't get tough yards. Leon has proven that.
I don't know if I would say that bush can't get the tough yards, because they had duece for that. As for leon, he's a guy you want in open space, not getting tough yards and running in between the tackles. so I don't know what you mean by that.
As far as saying bush played against doctors, lawyers, and garbage men.
I don't think doctors and lawyers would have time to play on football teams and garbagemen don't go to college. If you're tryin to make a point, i'm in college, and trust me the football players are football players. they aren't there for the schooling most of the time. Especially the starters.