No, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush didn’t buy Bentleys or Escalades (those are so 2001, I know) for his teammates on the offensive line; Instead, Bush bought the big men who helped him record the best statistical season of his NFL career something out of the ordinary: the environmentally friendly yet semi-nerdy Segway PT.
Each lineman received a Segway (worth around $6,000 each, according to NFL.com) as a token of Bush’s appreciation for the role they played in helping him log his first +1,000-yard rushing season since entering the league in 2006. After winning a Super Bowl with the Saints in New Orleans two seasons ago, Bush, in his first season with the Dolphins, notched 1,086 yards and six touchdowns rushing and 296 yards and one touchdown receiving through 15 games. Bush will not play in the Dolphins season finale against the Jets on Sunday.
Here’s the gift-giving play-by-play (the two photos he posted with the tweets are pictured above, left and right), care of Bush’s twitter account:
@reggie_bush: Just bought the whole offensive Line Segways!!!! I think they like them!
@reggie_bush: They are riding around the parking lot like little kids in a candy store! LMAO!
@reggie_bush: Direct Quote from the O Line: “This is the coolest gift I’ve ever received!” Mission Complete!
While the Dolphins won’t make the playoffs, finishing the season with at least five wins (with the possibility of a sixth) is somewhat of a pleasant surprise after Miami’s 0-7 start. If you recall, Bush was the center of controversy after comments he made following the Denver Bronco’s 18-15 OT comeback victory over the Dolphins (who led 15-0 in the fourth quarter), handing Miami it’s sixth consecutive loss. After his team got Tebow’d, Bush said, “Right now, this team stinks,” which made for a dicey locker room situation after several of his teammates publicly expressed their displeasure with his comments.
Bush went on to defend his “stinky” statement, saying, “I do stink. We all stink. When it comes to 0-6, everybody stinks. We’ve all, in some way, shape or form have not been good enough, and that’s what I meant with those comments. I don’t care if it’s the front desk secretary—she ain’t doing a good enough job. Everybody’s in this thing together.”
Apparently, Bush’s tough love motivational approach seemed to work, but on a one-week delay. The Fins lost one more game after the Denver debacle but then rattled off three straight W’s.
Perhaps Reggie was right at the end of the day, and now he and his offensive lineman can ride off into the offseason sunset together…on Segways.