In football, he holds a PJC record that can never be broken for longest run from scrimmage, 99 yards, and he held records that were not broken until for most touchdowns and most points in a season. Robinson went on to a Hall of Fame career and is the only player in the game's history to have his number 42 retired by all teams in MLB. He is revered as the greatest athlete in community college sports history and many have hailed him as one of the most important figures of the 20th Century. But it was Mack Robinson who achieved his own fame as a star athlete in track and field. Qualifying as a student from Pasadena Junior College, Mack won the silver medal, finishing just behind the great Jesse Owens in the meters at the Olympic Games in Berlin.
By the end of the week after the draft, Reebok reported receiving over 15, orders for Bush's Saints jersey, even though his jersey number with the Saints had not yet been determined. However, in order for him to wear that number, the NFL would have to revise its numbering regulations, which require running backs to wear a number between 20 and On May 23, , the NFL competition committee officially rejected his request, and on May 25 it was officially announced that Bush would be wearing number 25, acquired from Saints running back Fred McAfee.
Although Bush had earlier pledged to donate a quarter of the money he received from jersey sales to Hurricane Katrina victims if allowed to wear the number 5, he later said he would make that donation no matter what number he wears.
McAfee pledged to donate his share to Katrina victims in his home state of Mississippi. Amazed by the warm reception he received from the fans in New Orleans as well as the magnitude of the devastation caused there by Hurricane Katrina, Bush expressed excitement about playing with the Saints and pledged to help the city recover from the hurricane.
Bush's rookie season had both ups and downs, although as the season wore on he became more productive and integral to the Saints' surprising success. He carried the ball fewer times than his counterpart Deuce McAllister , putting off any speculation that he would immediately supplant McAllister as the starter in New Orleans.
The Saints won the game by a score of 19— However, he finished the midway point of the season with 46 receptions, the most by any running back in the league. At the midway point of the season, Bush had yet to score a touchdown either receiving or running the ball; however, on November 12, , Bush rushed for his first touchdown from scrimmage on a reverse against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He gained all-purpose yards as he sparked the Saints to their eighth win of the season. Bush also had a career-high rushing yards on the day.
In the NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 13, , Bush ran for 52 yards on twelve carries and scored a touchdown, and added three catches for 22 yards, as New Orleans edged the Philadelphia Eagles 27—24 to earn its first NFC Championship Game appearance in the team's year history.
On January 21, in the NFC Championship playoff game, Bush caught a pass on the 22 and ran 78 yards downfield eluding the Chicago Bears safety for an yard touchdown thrown by Drew Brees. This comeback was the first score of the second half and closed the gap from 16—7 in favor of Chicago to 16— That was the last time, however, the Saints would score.
The Bears went on to trounce the Saints 39—14 to earn a berth to the Super Bowl. Bush apologized immediately after the event. Bush was tied for a team-best 38 rushing yards on twelve carries.
He also had seven yards on four receptions and a punt return for two yards in a disappointing opener for him and the Saints. In that game, Bush carried seven times for 15 yards while catching six passes for 20 yards. With Deuce McAllister out due to injury, Bush started the game.
He added a second touchdown on a six-yard swing pass from Drew Brees near the goal line. Bush ended the game with eleven receptions for 75 yards and one receiving touchdown. On October 6, in a home game against the Minnesota Vikings , he returned two punts for touchdowns and nearly had a third, tying an NFL record for single-game punt returns for touchdowns and becoming the 12th player to do so.
In a home game against the Oakland Raiders on October 12, Bush tied the NFL record for fastest time to his th catch, doing so in only 34 games.
He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee the next day and was expected to miss the next three to four games. Bush returned on November 30 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and registered three carries for no yards and five catches for 32 yards in a 23—20 Saints loss.
Although diagnosed as a sprain, given that it was the same knee he had surgery on earlier in the year — and that the Saints were now out of the playoff picture with only two games left in the season — Bush was placed on injured reserve, ending his season early for the second year in a row.
He finished the season with rushing yards on carries, yards receiving with 52 receptions and nine total touchdowns, playing in ten games. However, Bush was expected to be ready for minicamp in June.
Bush and the Saints said that he iced the knee as a precaution. Team officials called it precautionary in nature and stated that Bush would be ready to play during the regular season.
Bush missed games in Weeks 11 and 12 of the regular season due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee. He also missed most of game 15 due to a minor hamstring injury. Bush experienced career lows in every major category for the season.
While he had eight total touchdowns, good for third on the team, Bush was used sparingly during the year. Bush ended the year playing in 14 games with 70 carries for yards and five touchdowns, and 47 receptions for yards and three touchdowns.
He rushed for 84 yards on only five carries, including a yard touchdown run. This play was the longest run by a New Orleans Saints player in the postseason. He also added an yard punt return touchdown late in the third quarter, the Saints' last score in their 45—14 win. However, one of his receptions was a late touchdown that helped the Saints win their first NFC championship and their first Super Bowl appearance and eventual victory in franchise history.
During the second regular-season game, a Monday Night Football contest with the San Francisco 49ers , he was injured while returning a punt.
He did not return to the game. The injury was diagnosed as a broken bone in his right leg and he was expected to miss at least six weeks. He returned on Thanksgiving Day to play against the Dallas Cowboys.