Dolphins Reggie Bush begins Euro vacation by jumping into Red Bull stunt plane


Talks about start of 10-day trip, upcoming football season

Reggie Bush flight
Reggie Bush and Hannes Arch. Courtesy @Reggie_Bush via Twitter

By Fred Gonzalez |

As the Red Bull slogan goes, Reggie Bush clearly has his wings.

The Miami Dolphins running back arrived in Austria for the first of his 10-day “European Vacation” and wasted little time waking himself up from a pair of international flights (Los Angeles to Frankfurt overnight and Frankfurt to Salzburg, Austria). Once he arrive at Red Bull’s Hangar 7 in Salzburg, he jumped into a stunt plane with Red Bull Air Race World Champion Hannes Arch.

“Any jet lag I may have had definitely woke me up after that flight,” Bush told via phone Tuesday morning from the Red Bull headquarters in Austria. “It was fun and being my second time doing that I enjoyed it. It’s pretty crazy and pretty intense, you know, when you get up to 6 or 7 Gs. It’s intense on the body.”

Having been in a stunt plane before, Bush said most of the aerial stunts he had experienced already, except for one.

“There was this one move where usually the G-Force is working with you, and in this case the pilot did a move where the G-Force was working against you. It was a crazy feeling, like your eyeballs were about to pop out. That’s the closest thing I can relate it to. It’s like my eyes were filling with blood. All I know is I asked him not to do that move again after he did it. This was definitely more intense than the last time.”

On his way back to land from the 30 minute flight he snapped the photo he shared on Twitter – with his trademark smile. “That was me surviving,” he joked.

Once on land, Bush admitted the stunts take a toll on your body, but nothing like an NFL game.

“Thirty minutes is a long time to be in the air doing stunts,” Bush said. “It leaves you light headed and wobbly when you get off the plane because your body has gone through so much in such a short period of time. I think it leaves you with a bit of a hangover.”

Did the Dolphins know Bush would be flying in a stunt plane?

“No, I don’t think they did. It’s probably the first and last of the crazy events I will be doing on this trip.”

After the flight, Bush then appeared on an Austrian TV sports talk show (the show featured a live studio audience and aired live on Servus TV in Europe). The interview was conducted in German but he answered questions in English. Bush was fitted with an earpiece where he could hear simultaneous translation. The live multi-language interview was a first for Bush.

“I think I did a pretty good job with it, and the translator did a good job with it. Everything he was translating was a split second delay, so the show went as smooth as possible when you are not speaking the same language.

“It was a neat experience and a good opportunity to talk to Europeans about American football. They asked about football, being in the spotlight and the pressures of winning a Super Bowl and being on the Miami Dolphins. They asked about getting traded and even popped a question about the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. That was funny, but I didn’t even think they knew about that.”

(The question was about the Dolphins cheerleaders music video remake of the popular song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae. )

Bush said he also did interviews with local print journalists who asked him about the Miami Heat’s recent NBA title in relation to the Dolphins.

“For me, our No. 1 goal every year is to win the Super Bowl. And with the Miami Heat winning, I kind of feel like it’s time for the Dolphins to step up to the plate,” Bush said. “I feel like we are going to be a lot better with this coaching staff this time around and this year it is time for us to step up and time for the Miami Dolphins to bring back the powerhouse football.”

Bush has been doing his part to help return the Dolphins to past glory by being more involved at the team’s practice facilities over the summer and during the off-season.

“Usually when I was in New Orleans I didn’t do the off season workouts there. I showed up for OTs and mini-camps, but I did most of my workouts in L.A.,” Bush said. “This was the first year where I really made the initiative to be around the facility and be around the team from Day 1 of off-season workouts. It was something I wanted to do because I want to be a leader on this team and set an example, and there is a lot of work that goes into that.”

But Bush also said he wanted to give himself a period of time away from football, hence the 10-day trip to Europe, where he will make stops in Austria, Greece and France.

“Once you start football you are in it for the long haul and the every day grind,” Bush said. “This is the first time I have ever done it, taking a bit of vacation, but I am going on year 7 (in the NFL) and I know how to stay in shape and work out, so that’s the least of my worries. So I felt this mental break would help me reset and recharge and is something that would go a long way in preparing for the season.”

Tuesday will be slower paced for Bush, with a visit to Red Bull headquarters, getting a chance to meet and speak to an Austrian-based football team that plays American football, and get in a workout.

“It’s pretty much an easy day.”

He said he is looking forward to meeting the football players, some of whom were in the sports talk show audience.

“It’s cool to go to another country and find out you have fans,” Bush said. “You would never think you have fans in Salzburg, Austria.”

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