Reggie Bush likes Lions, but takes shot at Mayhew

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

San Francisco — Former Lions running back Reggie Bush said he enjoyed his time in Detroit, which included a 1,000-yard season in 2013.

Like many players, though, Bush didn’t see the end of the four-year contract he signed as the Lions cut him in 2015 after just two seasons.

And like most people, Bush wasn’t upset to see the man that fired him — former general manager Martin Mayhew — get dismissed during last season.

“I wanted to stay a little longer, but obviously they had different plans and now the GM’s not there,” he said. “So, it all works out somehow.”

Bush and his wife, Lilit, attended the NFL Honors ceremony at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco Saturday. After the Lions cut him, he signed a one-year deal with the 49ers, but played in just five games before suffering an unfortunate season-ending knee injury.

Bush reportedly planned to file a lawsuit against the City of St. Louis over the injury, which happened when he slipped on concrete just off the field at the Edward Jones Dome. The 30-year-old said he’ll be healthy for next season and has no interest in retiring after 10 seasons, especially after how his season ended.

“I’m not retiring,” he said. “I’m still playing. No, I’m not done and I would never, knock on wood, I never want to end my career going out like that.”

Even though Bush wants to keep playing, he understands why his former teammate Calvin Johnson is considering retirement.

“He gets banged up, man,” Bush said. “It’s tough. It’s a rough game, as you guys know, and guys get banged up. At some point, you just get tired of getting banged up. Your body can only take so much.

“Nine years is a long time. It may not sound long to other people, but when you’re the one that physically is going through it and getting beat up for those nine years, it’s tough. Nine years is a long time; it’s like dog years.”