If anyone would know what Johnny Manziel is going through it is Reggie Bush. Superstar in college, with unreal expectations as a pro and a reality show life at a very young age.
Bush makes some excellent points to ESPN on how difficult it is to manage a high profile on and off the field life. Here is what he had to say.
“It reminds me of what I went through, you know,” Bush told ESPN.com. “For him, he’s going to have to learn how to say no and that’s going to be extremely hard because it’s going to be the people closest to you who you’re going to have to learn to say no to.
“And then you’re going to have to keep your circle small so that you can be allowed to focus on football, because without football, nothing else is going to (matter).”
Bush said, is when the attention began, and the notice and celebrity only escalated when he dated his now ex-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian.
“When I started dating my ex, that’s when all this stuff came,” Bush said. “But it’s part of the territory and, like I said, everything happens for a reason. A lot of it started in college, too, winning championships and all the different things we were able to accomplish at the collegiate level, that’s where it started obviously, why there was the attention at first, because of the accomplishments.
“Then all the other stuff came. The gossip magazines and all the other stuff, the ugly side of it. But you know what, I wouldn’t change anything because it helped mold and shape who I am today and I’m a better man for it.”
“It’s good and bad,” Bush said. “When you’re young, you’re still trying to kind of find yourself, especially at the professional level. You’re still trying to find your identity and you’re still coming into your own as a player, as an athlete, you’re still trying to improve and have all these people pulling you in different directions. So it’s tough. It’s not easy.
“The best thing that you can do is just keep your circle small. Everybody is going to want a piece of you. Everyone is going to want to be your friend. Everyone has a great business idea. Everyone’s your cousin, your uncle, everything. The best thing you can do is keep your circle small and you have to learn how to say no. That’s the hardest thing, learning how to say no.”
Bush says he won’t seek out Manziel, but if Manziel wants to talk to him, he would help him in any way he can.
Bush is now married with a child and while he never quite lived up to the expectations of the #2 pick in the draft, he has carved out a nice career and is seen as one of the mature leaders on the Lions.