The early free agency period saw several additions to the defense for Seattle, including the acquisition of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush. Here are four things to know about the fifth-year Michigan alum.
Like Father Like Son
Despite approaching five years in the league, Bush is still trying to catch up to his dad - Devin Sr., who played eight years in the NFL. A former safety, the Florida State alum was a first round selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1995 NFL Draft. After suffering a loss in Super Bowl XXXIII to the Denver Broncos, Bush got a ring a year later, as a member of the St. Louis Rams (Super Bowl XXXIV).
As a parent of a young athlete, Bush Sr. was initially reluctant to coach his son. But after persuasion from a friend, he’d go on to coach his namesake from flag football through college. In 2017, the University of Michigan brought Bush in as a defensive analyst - a year after Devin Jr. committed to the Wolverines. In 2020, Bush Sr. was pried away from the program to become director of football recruiting for the University of Mississippi.
Taking a leap to the professional ranks, Bush Sr. is currently defensive backs coach of the Orlando Guardians of the XFL.
Deja Bush: Family Genes
While Devin bucked the family trend by committing to the University of Michigan, his sister Deja followed his father's footsteps. The softball star was a member of the Seminoles’ 2018 National Championship squad, making the ACC Academic Honor Roll three-consecutive times between 2017-2019.
The father-daughter combo were both part of the Seminoles' first national championship in their respective sports.
Better With Time
Over Bush's four seasons with the Steelers, he accumulated 286 combined tackles, 4 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles and 13 tackles for loss. The versatile linebacker has played all over the front-seven since his college days, getting to the ball by any means. But Bush hasn't always been under-control in pursuit. In 2020, Bush missed a career-high 12.9 percent of his tackle attempts. But over the last two seasons, he's shown vast improvement - dropping to 6.8 percent in 2021 and 3.5 percent in 2022. Pro Football Focus awarded Bush a career-best 85.7 tackle grade this season, as he finished with 81 combined tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback hits.
He's Got The Holiday Spirit
Bringing in players in free agency for Seattle is just as much about being a fit on the field as it is off. Community outreach is a major focal point of the organization, and Bush's work in the communities of Pittsburgh will make him a fan favorite. In 2019, Bush treated youth of the Steel City Squash program helping underserved communities to a holiday shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Each child was given $125 to purchase anything they needed or desired, as they got to spend time with the rising linebacker.
"It feels good to give back to the youth and show face," Bush said. "I'm happy to be here and be part of these kids' experience."