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RB Michael Bush Looking for Respect as an Every Down NFL Back

Bears running back Michael Bush is respected but not exactly loved in the NFL according to Kareem Copeland of He is hoping to change that perception this Sunday by proving himself once and for all as an every-down back in the Rams/Bears tilt.

Bush, a power back with speed, was the perfect complement to Darren McFadden, a speedy back with power, when he was with the Oakland Raiders. He was ready and reliable last season when Run DMC was plagued by the inevitable injury — this time a bum foot ended his season. He had hoped that performance would earn him a starring role on another team this summer but got no offers and instead signed with Chicago in a similar role backing up Matt Forte. Bush will make the 17th start of his career Sunday withy Forte on the shelf.

“Hopefully I can get people to get that knock off me about not being an every-down back,” Bush recently told the Associated Press. “I can’t please everybody. It’s a business. It is what it is. “You don’t like me, so what? I’m going to keep playing hard.”

Bush posted 977 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011 and has more than proved his ability. The Bears were smart to find a quality No. 2, but Bush becomes the goal-line back when Forte is healthy. Forte is, arguably, the most well-rounded back in the NFL and does not need a third-down back. “The more I get to play, the more I get to show (the coaching staff),” Bush said. “The more they trust in me, believe in me and give me more opportunities. For the most part I know they’re behind my back regardless. That’s a good thing.”

Bush may be in for a lot of love in Chicago on Sunday.

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