Should USC Heisman Trophy winners follow Johnny Manziel’s lead in defense of Reggie Bush?

The words of Johnny Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner, created a stir in the USC football community over the weekend. Trojan fans greatly respected and appreciated what Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner, said about Reggie Bush and the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Manziel said he would remove himself from the Heisman ceremony until Bush gets his 2005 Heisman Trophy back.

Aggies Wire had more details on the story:

If you’re like me or many others in Aggieland, you woke up Saturday morning to a bold proclamation posted to X by legendary Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel, who was the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, will be stepping away from the annual ceremony. Manziel is taking an indefinite absence until former USC running back Reggie Bush reclaims the award he won in 2005, which he voluntarily forfeited in 2010 amid NCAA investigations.

USC lost it’s all time leading rusher and Heisman winner, Charles White last year, but it will be interesting to see if the six remaining Heisman winners — Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Caleb Williams — will make a similar statement in defense of Reggie Bush. It’s understandable that USC Heisman winners might feel their position on the matter won’t carry weight with the outside world, but it is still worth wondering how much value such a public statement might contain… if someone from USC’s glorious past chooses to take such a stand.

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