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Ranking USC football’s most iconic jersey numbers

May 2, 2020, 2:44 AM PDT
Chris Claiborne and other Trojan greats have elevated jersey numbers at USC.
Chris Claiborne and other Trojan greats have elevated jersey numbers at USC.
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Reggie Bush has continued to influence USC football with his No. 5. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Reggie Bush has continued to influence USC football with his No. 5. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

5. The No. 5 Jersey

The year is 2020 and still, the USC jersey you’re most likely to see referenced by Trojan recruits is the No. 5.

Unlike the other numbers on this list, the No. 5 doesn’t have a wealth of history. Only one player of note has worn it: Reggie Bush.

He is the only All-American or All-Conference player in No. 5 at USC. That’s likely to remain the case as his jersey is unofficially retired as a Heisman Trophy winner (with or without the trophy in his possession.)

Bush wasn’t just a USC icon. He was a college football icon, with electric playmaking ability the likes of which had never and will never be seen again. He was a walking highlight reel. He was a running back whose stat tree could only be achieved in a video game by using a cheat code.

Plenty of Trojans would have loved to wear No. 5 in his honor too. Which is precisely why the jersey has achieved such iconic status. The likes of Joe McKnight, Adoree’ Jackson and countless other recruits were drawn to USC because of Bush. Ronald Jones II wore No. 25 because that’s as close as he could come to wearing the number itself.

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