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Rafael Bush
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Bush with the Broncos in 2011
No. 36, 25, 31, 20     
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-12) May 12, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Williston, South Carolina
Career information
College: South Carolina State
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 2010 2011)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Total tackles     242
Sacks     3.5
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     3
Interceptions     3
Defensive touchdowns     1
Stats at NFL.com

Rafael Bush (born May 12, 1987) is a former American football safety who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina State and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has also played for the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Buffalo Bills.

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bush signed with the Atlanta Falcons on April 26, 2010. He was released on September 4, 2010 and signed to the Falcons' practice squad the next day. The team promoted him to the active roster on December 29, 2010. He was released during final cuts on September 3, 2011, but re-signed to the practice squad the following day.

Denver BroncosEdit

On October 17, 2011, Bush was signed away from the Falcons' practice squad by the Denver Broncos.[1]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On September 1, 2012, Bush was signed by the New Orleans Saints. Bush is noted for wearing #25 with the team, which was notably worn by Reggie Bush during the latter's tenure with the team.

Bush was a restricted free agent after the 2013 season, and he signed an offer sheet with the Falcons that would have returned him to Atlanta for reported compensation of about $4.5 million for two years. However, on April 7, 2014, the Saints exercised their right to match the Falcons' offer and bring Bush back to New Orleans.[2] During the 2015 season, he played in the Saints' season opener at Arizona before being placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Detroit LionsEdit

On March 12, 2016, the Detroit Lions signed Bush to a one-year contract.[3][4] In Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams, Bush made his first interception as a Lion. The Rams were trailing by 3 in the two minute warning of the 4th quarter, and Bush intercepted Case Keenum, which sealed the victory for the Lions.[5] Bush made his first career touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. He picked up a tipped ball, and returned it for 39 yards and a touchdown. Bush's interception was first in the video Top 10 Most Athletic Plays of Week 11 on NFL.com.[6]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)Edit

On March 30, 2017, Bush signed with the Saints.[7]. He recorded 23 tackles during the year.

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 14, 2018, Bush signed a two year, $4.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.[8][9]

On July 19, 2019, Bush announced his retirement from the NFL.[10]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2011 DEN 6 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 NO 16 18 14 4 0.0 1 2 1 1 40 40 40 0 1
2013 NO 13 42 30 12 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2014 NO 10 55 44 11 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2015 NO 1 1 2 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 DET 16 53 34 19 1.0 0 0 0 2 39 19.5 39 1 3
2017 NO 14 23 17 6 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2018 BUF 15 45 30 15 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 91 242 174 68 3.5 1 3 0 3 79 40 26 1 12
[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/10/17/broncos-add-safety-rafael-bush-to-roster/10209/ Broncos add safety Rafael Bush to roster after Brandon Lloyd trade
  2. Vaughn McClure, "Saints match offer for Rafael Bush", ESPN.com, April 7, 2014.
  3. Sessler, Marc (March 12, 2016). "Roundup: Lions signs Rafael Bush to one-year deal". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000643959/article/detroit-lions-sign-safety-rafael-bush-to-oneyear-deal. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  4. "Lions sign unrestricted free agent S Rafael Bush". Detroit Lions. March 12, 2016. http://www.detroitlions.com/news/news-short/article-1/Lions-sign-unrestricted-free-agent-S-Rafael-Bush/a7bb3e7e-2343-43e7-abc3-d851213e5525. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  5. "Case Keenum intercepted by Rafael Bush". http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000721730/Case-Keenum-intercepted-by-Rafael-Bush.
  6. "Top 10 Most Athletic Plays of Week 11". http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000743624/Top-10-Most-Athletic-Plays-of-Week-11.
  7. "New Orleans Saints Sign S Rafael Bush". March 30, 2017. http://www.neworleanssaints.com/news-and-events/article-1/New-Orleans-Saints-Sign-S-Rafael-Bush/7b25ab26-6830-4835-9539-88baee960035.
  8. Alper, Josh (March 13, 2018). "Report: Bills to sign Rafael Bush to two-year deal". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/13/report-bills-to-sign-rafael-bush-to-two-year-deal/.
  9. Brown, Chris (March 14, 2018). "Run stuffer Lotulelei, pass rusher Murphy headline Bills free agent acquisitions". http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Run-stuffer-Lotulelei-pass-rusher-Murphy-headline-Bills-free-agent-acquisitions/612df837-34c9-42ef-bde6-d46e0cc93835.
  10. Brown, Chris (July 19, 2019). "Bills sign veteran safety Kurt Coleman; Rafael Bush decides to retire". https://www.buffalobills.com/news/bills-sign-veteran-safety-kurt-coleman-rafael-bush-decides-to-retire.
  11. "Rafael Bush Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/13544/rafael-bush. Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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