The man who was once called, "The Next Reggie Bush," is about to be honored by the man himself.
Current Buffalo Bills running back Reggie Bush will pay tribute to his former USC Alum, Joe McKnight, with a pair of custom cleats on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Bush shared the cleats he will be wearing on social media with fans and will not be fined by the NFL as the league will allow special cleats to be worn by players for week 13 as part of their "My Cause, My Cleats," campaign.
The 28-year-old McKnight was shot and killed in an apparent road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday afternoon. The investigation has received national attention after the admitted shooter, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was released by police on Friday morning.
Both the sheriff's department and witnesses have described Gasser as the man who gunned down the former NFL running back, but conflicting reports on what happened have led to his release as the Jefferson Parish Sherriff Department continue their investigation.
McKnight is a Louisiana native where he played his high school ball and admitted that part of his decision to attend USC instead of LSU was because of a phone call from Bush and the Trojans rich tradition.
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McKnight played three seasons with the Trojans, but never quite lived up to his potential due to injuries and fumbling issues. He declared for the NFL Draft in 2010 and was taken in the fourth round by the New York Jets.
McKnight played three seasons for the Jets as a running back, return specialist and defensive back. In 2011, he his first career touchdown was a 107-yard kickoff return that still stands as the longest play in Jets history.
McKnight was released by the Jets in August of 2013, and last played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs during a short sting in 2014, but his season came to an end prematurely after he tore his Achilles tendon.
McKnight last played in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.