September 21, 2006

An Open Letter to Michael Bush

Thanks, ScoutFocus on your rehab. Continue to support the team. Say all the right things about wanting to get your education.

Then go get your money in the 2007 NFL Draft.

You have had an injury plagued career, most lately that horrible broken leg in the season opener. You also sprained your foot last year and missed a couple games. Blame the artificial turf. Blame your super muscular 249-lb frame for adding stress to the joints and bone structure (see Boston, David).

I know you wanted to get into the draft last year after leading the nation in touchdowns, and you were dismayed by not being viewed as a first-round pick - I get that. But you still have a year of eligibility remaining and I know that you are getting pressure to return. You are probably getting pressure to go pro as well (like this probably).

But I encourage you to not get all misty-eyed like Matt Leinart and go back for the "college experience" - you see what that cost him? About $8 million and a new baby.

Think of it this way too. You are a Sports Administration major. Even if you get only an $800,000 signing bonus it would take you twenty years to earn that as a PE teacher or as a middle management guy. You can always go back to school if you are unable to play.

Talk to Curtis Martin of the Jets - he had two knee injuries and built an amazing career. Call up Willis Magahee and ask him what it took to go from a blown out knee to a first-round pick. I guarantee you they will be more than happy to talk to you as a kindred spirit. Your SID can make sure you do not run afoul of agents and the like in order to contact them.

Finally, Michael, you have a once-in-a-lifetime oportunity to get healthy, get down to 230-235, add some speed, have a great combine (either in Indy or your own private workout), and earn a seven-figure signing bonus. Do not hurry back to play for Louisville, it will only raise the probability of you getting hurt again. You gotta take care of yourself and your family.

Be well,

Vince Mullins

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