Just a few weeks ago, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley predicted that his team, 4-12 last year, will play in the Super Bowl next postseason.
Some people might call that a head-scratcher, but not teammate Reggie Bush, who signed a four-year deal in March.
"It's always good to be optimistic, and everyone in the NFL should have a goal of getting to the Super Bowl," said Bush, who has played seven years in the NFL, including the past two in Miami. "But it's important to be careful about predictions. It's easier said than done."
Bush, who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2010, said it takes more than just the players on the field.
"I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to win one, but it didn't just happen that year. It started three years prior. It takes time and hard work and effort," said Bush, who was in New York recently promoting the Mission Athletecare sports towel. "It's the front office, it's the GM, it's the players. It's a tough league. We need to focus on winning one game at a time and go from there."
The 29-year-old Bush has proved he can be an every-down tailback, rushing for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with the Dolphins. He's ready to work with the Lions' two main weapons, WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford.
"I want to be a leader. I want to pass on knowledge that was passed on to me," Bush said. "I want to be an effective and productive player every Sunday. I want us to win a lot of games and hopefully get to the Super Bowl."
Bush still hasn't found a house in the Detroit area yet; he likely will live in Birmingham, Mich. His fiancée, Lilit Avagyan, gave birth to their baby girl on May 6.
"Having a child has kept me grounded. Every move I make will be about her first," Bush said. "It's been an amazing experience bringing a little girl in this world."