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LA MESA, Calif. --No other running back shined under the Friday Night Lights like Reggie Bush did in a Helix uniform back in the early 2000's. Now, at the age of 31 with 10-years of NFL experience under his belt, Bush says he relishes the opportunity to return to where it all started and provide a free youth camp in his community.
"I can't think of a more important time period where our community needs role models," said Bush. " Especially with the kids. They are the future. They need people to look up to. "
Bush says he grew up attending the Martin Bayless football camp, and every year Junior Seau would come out and interact with the campers. The running back says those moments with Seau stuck with him all these years and plays a part in his desire to host his own camp for the 5th straight year in La Mesa.
"I think for me seeing that and seeing him give his time. That spoke volumes to me," said Bush. "It's part of the reason why I love giving back right now. Junior was a great legend for all of us growing up. Seeing a guy like that in the community was huge for me."
Just like Reggie Bush returning to Helix makes a huge impact on the up and coming generation of football players.
"There's no more rewarding feeling then being able to hang out with a kid or to talk to a kid or relate to a kid and put a smile on his face," said Bush. "Really let him know I'm just like you. I'm no different then you. I used to be you. In your position. If you work hard enough you can be where I am as well."