Bush says paydays should start in college
It won't be long now 'til Reggie Bush makes the big money, but the Heisman Trophy winner says it should've happened in college.
The NFL draft is just days away, so Reggie Bush's big payday as the probable No. 1 pick is imminent. But Bush, who left Southern Cal to turn pro after his junior season, doesn't think he should have had to wait this long to be able to fatten his wallet."I think [collegiate] athletes should get paid," Bush told ESPN.com recently. "Maybe not as much as NFL players, but they have to get something more than they get now." Bush is well aware that he was worth a lot of money to USC, though it's not clear exactly how much the school profited from the star last year. Thousands of his No. 5 jerseys were sold, including in two days 1,200 replicas that carried a Rose Bowl patch. And more than 5,000 fans paid $79.95 to get behind-the-scenes footage of Bush and teammate Matt Leinart on www.mattreggietv.com. "It's a lot of hard work preparing for the college season, and at the end of the day, it's a lot of strain on your body and you're dealing with a lot of pressure," said Bush, who won the 2005 Heisman Trophy. "Most athletes, their families don't have a lot of money; and that means that once you pay your rent, there's little left over for the daily bills."