Williston's Bush has jersey retired in public celebration

Williston Elko Blue Devils
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Williston, SC -- Rafael Bush grew up a small town kid with extremely big dreams. Along the way, the former Williston-Elko star has achieved most of them. Saturday was no different.

In a celebration in the town park, Bush became the first Blue Devils player to have his jersey retired.

It only makes sense he would be the one considering he's the first Williston-Elko player to reach the NFL.

For the man of the hour, this is something he imagined would one day happen, but that doesn't make it any less special.

He said, "Honestly, it's something that I've always envisioned, but I didn't expect it to happen this soon. It's definitely something that really shocked me, but in a good way. It was a great experience. I'm so proud. I'm happy my friends and family, so I'm just celebrating with family and friends."

Everyone who talked about Bush at the event had more to say about him as a person than as a player. He's always been known to be humble, and that showed.

The day was for him, but his biggest takeaway was the chance to inspire the next generation watching in the crowd.

"That might be the greatest feeling out there, the greatest feeling in the world, to give kids the opportunity to feel like they can make it," Bush said. "So if any one of these kids, if I changed any one of their minds today then I did my purpose."

As for the action on the field, Bush is about to start his second season with the New Orleans Saints.

After a roller coaster season last year, he says stability is back in New Orleans, and the Saints will be back in the hunt this year.

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