September 9, 2012;New Orleans,LA,USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Courtney Roby (15) celebrates with New Orleans Saints defensive back Rafael Bush (25) after scoring a touchdown off a blocked punt during the first half of their NFL football game in New Orleans, Louisiana September 9, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Sean Gardner-REUTERS
When Rafael Bush first got news of being signed by the New Orleans Saints he initially wanted the No. 36 jersey. Saints fans, on the other hand, wanted him to take over former Saints safety Reggie Bush’s No. 25.
Many fans of the team already own Bush jerseys and wanted to save some banknotes. When asked about the situation, Rafael admitted,
"” I guess if you want to put it in that perspective, I guess so. There’s a lot of die-hard Saints fans who were very good fans of Reggie Bush before he got traded and whatnot. Now that they’ve got the opportunity to bring their jerseys back out, I think they are saving money.”"
Throughout the 2006 to 2010 seasons, Reggie Bush proudly wore his No. 25 playing for the Saints, after being chosen as the No. 2 overall in the draft. But as many fans know, in 2011 he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
Rafael Bush, on the other hand, has traveled around in the NFL and has played with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. He was finally waived by the Broncos on August 31st.
"“I honestly thought I did pretty well in Denver as far as this training camp. I showed some ability. But it’s a business at the end of the day. I thank the organization for the opportunity. But at the end of the day we know it’s a numbers game and you have to respect that.”"
In order to place Bush on the Saints roster, Jonathan Amaya was cut. Former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter was also excited that the Saints picked up Bush and gave good reference about him.
"“Oh yeah, he was the first one that I talked to after finding out that the Saints claimed me.”"