With backfield mates Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory now sidelined for the rest of the season, Bush suddenly is the feature back for the Saints as they begin their quest for a second Super Bowl championship.
Not the scat back. Not the utility back. Not the factor back. He's THE back.
And judging by the kilowatt smile he brandished for the media mob, he's relishing the newfound opportunity. "I'm excited," Bush said. "Knowing that my number is going to be called a lot more this game, I'm looking forward to it."
This is Bush's chance to prove to his critics, his teammates, the league, his future employer and quite possibly himself that he has what it takes to be a bona fide NFL running back.