Bush is a fourth-year safety who originally came into the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State. After appearing in seven regular season games with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, and enjoying two stints on the Falcons practice squad, Bush joined the Saints immediately following the end of the 2012 preseason and led the special teams units with 15 tackles while also contributing to the secondary. In 2013, he appeared in 13 games with six starts in the secondary, posting 46 tackles (29 solo), six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, while adding four special teams stops.
NFL CAREER – Bush is a fourth-year safety who originally came into the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State. After appearing in seven regular season games with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, and enjoying two stints on the Falcons practice squad, Bush joined the Saints immediately following the end of the 2012 preseason and led the special teams units with 15 tackles while also contributing to the secondary. In 2013, he appeared in 13 games with six starts in the secondary, posting 46 tackles (29 solo), six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, while adding four special teams stops.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed, 2/14/13; Claimed by the New Orleans Saints off of waivers from Denver, 9/1/12; Waived by Denver, 8/31/12; Signed to Denver Broncos active roster from Atlanta practice squad, 10/18/11; Signed to Falcons practice squad, 9/4/11; Waived by Falcons, 9/3/11; Signed to Falcons active roster from the practice squad, 12/29/10; Signed to the Falcons practice squad, 9/5/10; Waived by Atlanta, 9/4/10; Originally signed by Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent, 4/26/10.
2013 – Played in 13 games with six starts and posted 46 tackles (29 solo), six passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four special teams stops…Appeared in both postseason games with one start and recorded eight tackles (six solo)…Received first career start at nickelback and saw action on special teams vs. Miami, Sept. 30, finishing with five stops (four solo), a pass defense and a fumble recovery…Started at nickelback and posted six tackles (four solo) at Chicago, Oct. 6…Started at nickelback and posted a career-high nine tackles (seven solo), forced a fumble and had a special teams stop at New England, Oct. 13…Started and also saw action on special teams at N.Y Jets, Nov. 3, recorded seven tackles (two solo) and posted one special teams stop…Started vs. Dallas, Nov. 10, and recorded one solo tackle…Inactive for Weeks 14-16 contests with an ankle injury…Returned to action and starting lineup in regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29 and posted four stops (three solo) and a career-high three passes defensed…Started NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, and posted five tackles (three solo)…Made three solo tackles in NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14. 2012 – After being picked up on waivers at the conclusion of the preseason by the Saints, Bush appeared in all 16 games and led the club with 15 special teams tackles, also adding a fumble recovery on coverage. On defense, recorded 13 tackles (nine solo), an interception, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…In Saints debut vs. Washington, Sept. 9, registered a career-high three special teams tackles…Tallied two special teams stops vs. San Diego, Oct. 7…Recovered a fumble on special teams vs. San Francisco, Nov. 25…Filled up the stat sheet with four stops (two solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a special teams stop at Atlanta, Nov. 29…In his most extensive action on defense to date, finished with four tackles (three solo), a 40-yard interception return and one pass defensed vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16…Had one solo tackle, while tying his career-high with three special teams stops at Dallas, Dec. 23. 2011 – Appeared in six regular season games and two postseason contests for the Denver Broncos. Posted three special teams stops in regular season. Saw first career action on defense in the postseason in two games and recorded nine tackles (three solo). 2010 – Spent first 16 weeks of his rookie season on the Falcons practice squad…Named to the active roster for the last week of the regular season and first two weeks of postseason, but did not appear in a contest
COLLEGE – Attended South Carolina State University…Posted 222 career tackles…As a senior, recorded 54 stops, scored three touchdowns to rank fourth on the Bulldogs and earned Defensive MVP honors from coaches…Named to school’s All-Decade Team.
PERSONAL – Attended Williston-Elko (Williston, S.C.) HS…Registered more than 3,500 rushing yards as a three-year starter at RB…Named All-State, All-Region and All-Area during each of his three years as a starter, highlighted by his 1,800-yard, 28-touchdown campaign as a junior…Born on May 12, 1987 in Williston, South Carolina.
New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush talked to the media Sunday about being back in New Orleans.
New Orleans Saints Rafael Bush recaps the team's 31-24 win against the Tennessee Titans on Friday, August 15, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush spoke with reporters Wednesday following minicamp practice. (New Orleans Saints video. 1:22)
New Orleans Saints' analyst Sean Kelley previews Thursday's Saints news and talks with Rafael Bush in today's Morning Report (New Orleans Saints video)