Louisville’s Michael Bush looking for a home in the NFL

Michael Bush, former University of Louisville running back, is still looking for a home as the National Football League enters the exhibition season. There’s a possibility he could wind up with the New York Giants.

The Giants are currently missing their top two running back, with injuries to Peyton Hillis and David Wilson, and are lacking backps with significant NFL experience.

MIchael Bush
MIchael Bush

Bush, one of the more powerful players in UofL history, has had a spotty NFL career thus far and needs a lucky break.

He was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders, but had to sit out his first season because the injury he incurred in the first game of his junior year against Kentucky wasn’t fully healed. Bush returned to the field in 2008 and, during four seasons with the Raiders, he rushed for 1,424 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

He wound up with the Chicago Bears in 2012, signing a contract worth $14 millon. During two seasons he ran for 608 yards and scored eight touchdowns. However, he sustained a rib injury and was placed on the injury reserve list in December. He was released by the Bears and is currently a free agent.

At 30 years old, Bush is already considered past his prime as a running back. But at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, he has good hands is considered a reliable goal-line option, almost like a freight train — impossible to stop when he gets going.

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Jeff Walz may have a shot at landing Asia Durr who is considered by many analysts to be the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 women’s college basketball recruiting class,. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Douglasville, Ga., is also considering Notre Dame, Baylor, Duke and Maryland.

Terry Durr, her father told Cardinal Authority:  “We like what coach (Jeff) Walz has built. He’s put them on the map. They play in front of a lot of people and they play in a great conference. Asia’s goal is to get to college and win a championship and she feels like she can be the missing piece at Louisville and help them win a title.”

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.