After seeing Bush play with the Bears this year, it seems like this guy is destined to never have a chance to consistently display his ability. At UofL he was moved from QB to RB, and the jury is still out on how wise a move that was for him, considering how far Brian Brohm's stock has fallen since being Krag-fected. Would Bush have been as amazing a QB as he has been an RB?
Bush had the most-impactful injury in UofL history, taking us from a likely national title game appearance to an Orange Bowl appearance. He probably would have won the Heisman or at least been invited to NY. Only Jeff Brohm's broken leg comes close in comparison. Jeff's injury had more of an effect on total wins, but let's be honest, a national championship was not at stake. For Bush, I'm sure he thinks, and most Cards fans think, that we would have beaten Rutgers if we'd had him, which would have put us in the championship game. He was the one unflappable character on the team in times of game-crisis (see Boise St, see Memphis).
I'm happy that the Raiders gave him a chance, although despite proving time and time again that he was the best RB on the roster (or at least the best-value RB), he continued to get limited carries and playing time. Moving forward to his signing with Chicago, it kills me to see him sit behind Forte. The Bears are winning (which is boring in and of itself, even to Bears fans), and it seemingly is Bush's role again to back up a higher-paid RB and not get his chance to really be the dominant player he has shown he can be. I really do hope that one day with the Bears or some other team that he gets to deliver on the promise he showed in that beat down of UK in 2006. Maybe his plan is to increase his longevity in the league by reducing his number of carries per year. He'll guarantee himself more paychecks that way, which could very well be his plan. But I think that the guy truly deserves a shot at being the #1 RB on a team. And he is certainly not that for the Bears.
I guess my ultimate question is, do you think he has fully realized his potential? Do you think he would have been better off transferring to another program to play QB when Petrino talked to him about switching his position? Do you think he is being utilized correctly? This guy may have been the 2nd greatest athlete to come out of the city and here he is languishing on the bench again (although he does appear to be the ultimate team player). Or is my opinion of him over-inflated? I guess I've just never seen an interview with him that answers these questions and it would be nice to see one. Until then, it's all speculation. But I doubt this is how his saw his future.