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Michael Bush

Michael Bush
Bush with the Oakland Raiders.
No. -- Free agent
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-06-16) June 16, 1984
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Louisville (KY) Male
College: Louisville
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yards: 3,250
Rushing Average: 4.0
Receiving Yards: 1,010
Receiving Average: 9.7
Rushing TDs: 29
Receiving TDs: 2
Stats at

Michael Warren Bush, Jr. (born June 16, 1984) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

Bush has also played for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Oakland Raiders 3.1
    • Chicago Bears 3.2
    • Arizona Cardinals 3.3
    • 2015 NFL Veteran Combine 3.4
    • Career stats 3.5
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Bush attended Louisville Male High School where he played quarterback his senior year after seeing action at defensive back, defensive end, linebacker, running back, safety, and wide receiver over his career. As a senior, he led the Bulldogs to the state championship game in Kentucky's highest class. In a showdown with future Louisville teammate Brian Brohm and his Trinity Shamrocks, Bush threw for 468 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 116 yards and another touchdown in a 59-56 loss. He also caught two passes for 24 yards, returned a punt and a kickoff, and made five tackles on defense.[1]

College career

College Rushing Stats
Year G Att Yrd TD Lng Avg
2003 13 81 503 6 81 6.2
2004 12 132 734 7 31 5.6
2005 10 205 1143 23 73 5.6
2006 1 17 128 3 51 7.5
Totals 36 435 2508 39 81 5.8

Following a successful high school career, Bush became a highly sought after college recruit. He turned down offers from several more established programs (including Ohio State) to stay at home and attend the University of Louisville, largely because head coach Bobby Petrino promised the opportunity to play quarterback, his preferred position. As a true freshman, he was forced to play several positions in order to get on the field because Louisville's starting quarterback position was locked down by Stefan LeFors. Though he was not the starter, Bush was able to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games as a running-back toward the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Petrino had decided to recruit another star quarterback from the Louisville area: Brian Brohm of Trinity. Though Bush had played various positions his freshman year, he believed this arrangement to be temporary and still expected to be a quarterback in the long-term. The recruitment of Brohm, however, meant Bush would have to find another position. Much to Bush's chagrin, Petrino moved him to the running-back position permanently.[1]

In 2004 as a sophomore, Bush backed up Lionel Gates and Eric Shelton. He rushed for 734 yards and 7 touchdowns,[2] and proved himself worthy of the starting role for next season.

Bush's breakout season came as a junior in 2005, as he rushed for 1143 yards on 205 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, racked up 23 rushing touchdowns, and was second in NCAA Division 1-A in scoring to LenDale White.[3] He was also widely considered to be a preseason candidate for the 2006 Heisman Trophy.[4] Though he could have left early for the NFL Draft, Bush decided to return for his senior season.

He came into the 2006 projected as one of the top 10 players for the 2007 NFL Draft, and his season began successfully as expected. His first carry of the season was a 48-yard run for a touchdown in the Cardinals' annual rivalry game with Kentucky. He then scored two more touchdowns in the first half, and had carried for 128 yards when he was tackled during a routine rushing play by Kentucky linebacker Wesley Woodyard, and suffered a broken right tibia. The injury was so bad that ESPN announced before the end of the game that Bush would miss the remainder of the 2006 season.[5] The injury required the insertion of a steel rod and a second operation to facilitate the healing process.

Bush participated in 3 bowl games during his career as a Cardinal. The first was a GMAC Bowl loss to Miami University (Ohio) in which Bush ran for 33 yards on 9 attempts behind Lionel Gates's 12 carry 128 yard performance.[6] Bush would do better in the Liberty Bowl victory over Boise State with 12 carries for 96 yards, his best performance in a college bowl game. He finished his bowl career in the 2005 Gator Bowl in which Bush ran for 94 yards on 16 carries.[6]

Bush majored in sports administration at Louisville.[7]

Professional career

Oakland Raiders

Bush was chosen by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 NFL Draft with the first pick of the fourth round. With his broken leg still hobbling him, he was declared Physically Unable to Perform for the entire 2007 season.[8]

After a two-year hiatus, Bush finally returned to the football field in 2008. He was the Raiders' third string halfback but saw some action because of injuries to Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas. He also filled in as a blocking fullback.

An early high point in his professional career was the last game of 2008 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Bush rushed for 177 yards on 27 carries and 2 touchdowns to help Oakland deny Tampa Bay a spot in the playoffs.[9]

In 2010 he rushed for 655 yards in 14 games, including eight touchdowns. Before the 2011 season, Bush agreed to a contract extension with the Raiders.[10] In week ten of the 2011 season, he started as running back against the San Diego Chargers in place of the injured Darren McFadden. In that 24-17 victory, he gained a total of 242 yards from scrimmage, fourth most in Raiders history and eclipsing Bo Jackson's total for the most since the AFL/NFL merger. Bush also has shown an ability to score when near the goal line, as he scored 13 touchdowns on 30 attempts.[11]

Chicago Bears

Bush signed a four-year contract worth $14 million (with $7 million guaranteed) with the Chicago Bears on March 22, 2012.[12] Bush replaced Matt Forte as halfback during minicamp while Forte was holding out over a contract dispute.[13] In the first preseason game against Denver, Bush fumbled on a pitch from former Raiders teammate Jason Campbell, giving Denver the ball.[14] In the second game of the preseason against the Washington Redskins, Bush scored two touchdowns in the first quarter.[15] In his regular season debut as a Bear, Bush ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears defeated the Indianapolis Colts 41-21.[16] After sustaining a rib injury, Bush was placed on injured reserve on December 18.[17] Bush was also unofficially considered the emergency quarterback of the Bears, something which is related to his experience from high school. On March 10, 2014, the Bears released Bush.[18]

Arizona Cardinals

Bush signed with the Arizona Cardinals on November 25, 2014.[19] He was released on December 5, 2014.[20]

2015 NFL Veteran Combine

Bush participated in the first NFL Veteran Combine, where he recorded 40-yard dash time of 4.91 seconds. Upon hearing the news, the former running back exclaimed: "You gotta be (expletive) me... 4.91? ... There you go, there goes my career." [21][22][23]

Career stats

Rushing stats
Year Team Games Attempts Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2008 OAK 15 95 421 4.4 67 3 15 1 1
2009 OAK 16 123 589 4.8 60 3 22 1 1
2010 OAK 14 158 655 4.1 30 8 32 0 0
2011 OAK 16 256 977 3.8 44 7 53 1 1
2012 CHI 13 114 411 3.6 20 5 28 1 1
2013 CHI 15 63 197 3.1 40 3 10 0 0
Total Total 89 809 3,250 4.0 67 29 160 4 4
Receiving stats
Year Team Games Receptions Targets Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2008 OAK 15 19 30 162 8.5 25 0 7 0 0
2009 OAK 16 17 19 105 6.2 17 0 3 1 1
2010 OAK 14 18 24 194 10.8 55 0 11 0 0
2011 OAK 16 37 47 418 11.3 55 1 14 0 0
2012 CHI 13 9 11 83 9.2 18 0 6 0 0
2013 CHI 15 4 7 48 12.0 17 1 2 0 0
Total Total 89 104 138 1,010 9.7 55 2 43 1 1


  1. ^ a b "ESPN - Brohm, Bush primed to color Cardinals' canvas". 2005-08-19. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  2. ^ "ESPN - Michael Bush's Stats at Louisville". 1984-06-16. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ "ESPN - Bush stats". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. ^ "ESPN - Quinn, Peterson front-runners in Heisman race - Columnist". 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "ESPN - Louisville's Bush breaks right leg in season opener - College Football". 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Yahoo - Bush - Game log". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Michael Bush Biography". Michael Bush Online. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ White, David (2007-11-22). "San Francisco Chronicle - RB Bush is odd man out rest of season". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "ESPN - Oakland vs. Tampa Bay Recap, December 28, 2008". 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  10. ^ Corman, Rebecca (2011-08-06). "RB Michael Bush Re-Signs with the Raiders". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Michael Bush hopes for bigger role with Chicago Bears". 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  12. ^ Brad Biggs (March 22, 2012). "Bears sign free agent running back Michael Bush". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bears minicamp is minus Matt Forte, but Michael Bush has been a plus - Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  14. ^ "Larry's Bears vs. Broncos blog". 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  15. ^ August 18, 2012Soldier Field, Chicago, IL . "Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears - Box Score - August 18, 2012 - ESPN". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Explosive Bears outduel Colts". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  17. ^  
  18. ^ Mayer, Larry (2014-03-10). "Bears cut veteran RB Michael Bush".  
  19. ^ Alper, Josh. "Michael Bush signs with Cardinals". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Cardinals activate Matt Shaughnessy, release Michael Bush". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "NFL to host inaugural Veteran Combine". March 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  22. ^ Orr, Conor (March 22, 2015). "What we learned from the Veteran Combine". Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  23. ^ Sessler, Marc (March 22, 2015). "Free-agent RB Michael Bush: There goes my career". Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  24. ^ a b "Michael Bush Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

External links

  • Chicago Bears bio
  • Louisville Cardinals bio
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