Jarrett Bush: “That’s Football”
Twenty-six year old Jarrett Bush came into the league as an undrafted free agent five years ago. Through his first three seasons, Bush played sparingly on defense, but was revered for his special teams play. His performance and potential made him attractive enough for the Tennessee Titans to sign the restricted free agent to an offer sheet in 2009.
Utilizing their right of first refusal, the Packers wasted no time in matching the Titans offer and retaining Bush’s services. Many fans shook their heads in dismay and wondered what general manager Ted Thompson was thinking. For many of the green and gold fan base Jarrett Bush’s name was synonymous with giving up big plays.
Undeterred by his public perception, Bush continued to study film, work diligently, and improve his craft. In a 2009 regular season loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bush’s shot at redemption was nullified by a teammate’s penalty. When his number was called once again in Super Bowl XLV, nothing would stand in the way of his shining moment.
Lining up in the middle of Dom Capers’ defense, Bush was able to jump a Mike Wallace route and come away with an interception. The offense cashed in the turnover for seven points, and Jarrett Bush was redeemed. Mike Spofford of Packers.com even goes as far as putting his performance as the “reluctant hero” on the same list of Super Bowl performances as Packers’ great Max McGee in Super Bowl I.
After the game, Bush was humble and honored to be a part of a championship team.
“It was heartwarming and gratifying, just to prove to my teammates, prove to myself, what I was capable of,” Bush said.
In the media frenzy leading up to the Super Bowl, a humble Bush took the podium to explain his evolution as an NFL player. The Packers’ special teams captain talked about the importance of doing his individual job and improving his play. Through ups and downs, Bush has done more than his share to help bring his team a title.
Life in the NFL is fickle and ephemeral. One minute you’re the most disliked man in the city, and the next you’re the toast of the town.
But, to quote Jarrett Bush, “that’s football…that’s just the way it goes.”