Saints RB Reggie Bush released a statement Tuesday announcing his decision to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
"The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting. In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals," Bush said.
The NCAA passed down sanctions on USC relating to improper benefits received by Bush in his time there.
"While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many. Those are gifts that can never be taken away," he said.