NFL star Reggie Bush loses his mind over video of NRL giant rampaging defenders: ‘This sport is crazy! Running like that without a helmet is crazy!’
- Clips of ex-New Zealand Warriors forward Iafeta Paleaaesina shocked Bush
- The former NRL star is seen skittles with defenders in the footage, which has gone viral
- Bush previously attended a State of Origin game, calling it a ‘blood bath’
Former NFL star Reggie Bush has hit out at a viral video of a former NRL star charging a defensive line – branding the sport ‘crazy’ and a ‘blood bath’.
The former New Orleans, Miami and Detroit running back – who once dated reality TV star Kim Kardashian – is reacting to footage of ex-New Zealand Warriors forward Iafeta Paleaaesina being downright self-deprecating as he raises the ball in his 367-game career.
The Kiwi enforcer’s style of running hard and straight and rounding defenders saw the vision captioned ‘homie running like a rhino’ as Paleaaesina fooled his opponents.
Bush agreed, writing: ‘Now this sport is crazy! Lol! Running like that without a helmet is crazy!’
Paleaaesina replied, writing: ‘Best game of All Brother. If you’re looking for a team to follow @hullofficial’ – referring to English team Hull FC, which he played for from 2014 to 2016.
Bush (pictured with then-partner Kim Kardashian in 2009) was shocked by a video of an NRL forward smashing through the defensive line
The vision showed ex-New Zealand Warriors forward Iafeta Paleaaesina (pictured) plowing through multiple defenders – leading Bush to call him ‘crazy’ for playing recklessly.
Known as an outstanding ball runner in his prime, Bush knew a thing or two about beating defenders, as he showed in a career that saw him rack up 5,490 yards on the ground and win a Super Bowl title with the Saints in 2010.
The Paleaaesina footage is not his first exposure to rugby league, however.
In 2014, he visited Sydney and caught one of the pinnacles of the sport: an Origin clash between NSW and hated rivals Queensland, whose games are famous for their physical intensity and unbridled play.
When a fan who saw his reaction to the Paleaaesina video advised him to watch one of the interstate clashes, Bush replied, ‘I’ve been to State of Origin once and it’s a bloodbath that the a person is removed from the field every 5 minutes. ‘
Bush (pictured playing for the Detroit Lions) was an exceptional ball runner during his career, gaining nearly 5,500 yards and winning a Super Bowl with New Orleans
Paleaaesina weaves through defenders like they’re made of balsa wood in clip that wows Bush
NRL great Steve Price – who had more than his fair share of hit-ups as he played 313 games for the Bulldogs and Warriors – also chimed in, writing: ‘You’ll love playing our game @ReggieBush.’
Other footy fans advised Bush to keep watching clips and learning about the game, with some sending him more of Paleaaesina’s highlights and asking him to help spread the word. about the ‘best game ever’.
A number of rugby league players have tried their hand at the gridiron – with mixed results.
NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne was close to forging a new NFL career in 2015, impressing as a running back and punt returner for the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason despite never playing the sport, but he was cut by team later that year.
North Queensland Cowboys winger Valentine Holmes tried to follow in his footsteps with the New York Jets in 2019 – but unlike Hayne, he failed to make an impact and didn’t make the team for the regular season.