Season Premiere Features NFL-Bound RB Reggie Bush
"I feel like if I would have made the pitch and we'd scored, it would have been the greatest play in college history."
- Bush, on his controversial failed Rose Bowl lateral
Emmy-winning broadcaster Chris Myers' popular series, CMI: THE CHRIS MYERS INTERVIEW, returns to FSN for a second season on Sun., Jan. 22 at 10:30 PM local. The new season consists of 13 original episodes, airing weekly without interruption, and kicks off with an in-depth interview with superstar USC RB Reggie Bush.
In the season two debut, Myers sat down with the already legendary 20-year-old just one day after he declared himself eligible for the 2006 NFL Draft. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner opens up about his whirlwind experience with the two-time National Champion Trojans, his recent decision to turn pro and his thoughts on being selected as the likely number one pick by the struggling Houston Texans. Bush also defends his highly-criticized, failed lateral against Texas in the Rose Bowl, touches on the now-famous Matt Leinart end-zone-push against Notre Dame and candidly discusses his biggest fear about playing in the NFL.
Following the debut episode, CMI airs every Sunday at 10:30 PM local through April 16, with each episode repeated throughout the week. Upcoming episodes feature Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, who currently holds the NFL's single-season touchdown record (Sun., Jan. 29), former Dallas Cowboys QB and current NFL ON FOX analyst Troy Aikman (Sun., Feb. 5) and Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana (Sun., Feb. 12).
This episode will re-air on Tuesday at 5:00pm, Thursday at 2:00am and Saturday at 1:30am.
Excerpts from this episode:
Reggie Bush (on his failed lateral against Texas in the BCS championship game): "I play on pure instincts...I remember being surrounded by three guys getting ready to tackle me, and I saw one of my teammates off to the right by himself, and I tried to pitch the ball to him. That's the type of player I am. I play fearless and I'm willing to score at all costs. I feel like if I would have made the pitch and we'd scored, it would have been the greatest play in college history."
Bush (on his biggest fear about going into the NFL): "The first thing you think of is, 'Am I big enough? Am I strong enough? Am I fast enough?' You've just really got to prepare yourself to your comfort level and at the same time not try to worry about everything as far as the physical aspects of the game."
Bush (on his impressive level of play): "I surprise myself sometimes."
Bush (on his favorite moment with USC): "Honestly, a favorite moment that I have is not actually me. It's when I pushed Matt [Leinart] into the end zone at the Notre Dame game."
Bush (on working out with Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson): "Man, it was tough work. It gave me the chance to see what it takes to be the best player, to see what it takes to be the best running back at the next level, and I was grateful for the opportunity."
Bush (on how important being selected first in the NFL draft is to him, and how it affected his decision to turn pro): "I think that might have swayed my decision to stay or go. For me, I think it's important for me to be the top pick