Matt Leinart and Julian Edelman relive “The Bush Push”

Before there was the “Tush Push” with Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles, there was the Bush Push in the 2005 USC-Notre Dame game. Matt Leinart remembers it well. He was pushed by his teammate, Reggie Bush, into the end zone to complete a 34-31 win in one of the great games in college football history. It was technically not legal at the time for teammates to push players forward the way Bush did for Leinart, but in all candor, the violation of that rule was hardly ever called to begin with. If you’re at least 45 to 50 years old and have an awareness of how football games were officiated 25 and 30 and 40 years ago, you know the Bush Push was not called against offensive teams very often. The rule might have been occasionally enforced, but hardly with any regularity. It was much like the palming violation in the NBA and college basketball.

Matt Leinart was recently joined by New England Patriot Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman to turn back the clock and discuss the Bush Push and everything it meant. That one push owns an enormous amount of historical importance nearly 20 years after it happened.

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