Same name, different lives?
DANVILLE — Reggie Bush plans to spend some of Sunday evening pacing — at least the part from 8 to 9 p.m. Central Time, when his segment of "Same Name" airs on CBS.
Bush and family members and friends (he's not sure how many) will gather at the Knights of Columbus Hall to watch the episode in which he swaps places with NFL player Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins.
It seems his and his wife's circle of friends has grown since it was announced they would celebrate the airing of his segment on TVs loaned to the family by Aaron's. An 87-inch and 57-inch TV will be available for the viewing.
Danville's Bush said he got the easier end of the exchange and enjoyed living the life of a celebrity, but only for a little while.
"Being followed around with cameras was nothing in Florida, not like it would be in Danville," Bush said.
The two Reggies did have a chance to meet in Danville before the NFL player headed back to training.
"When I got home we talked about what each did," Bush said. "I enjoyed his friends; they're good people and he's friendly and a down-to-earth guy, just like me."
Bush was sure his NFL namesake had the harder change to make.
"He had to be on the farm and deal with the animals," Bush said with a laugh.
The local Bush owns Total Building Service, a small construction business, in addition to his farm.
"It felt good to get home. While I was in Florida, it was like something was missing," he said. "I knew I gotta get back to work; I knew I would already be behind when I got back."
Bush said both he and his wife were surprised how similar the two men were.
"We're both soft-spoken and have more in common as people than others would think," he explained.
So what will Danville's Reggie Bush look for in the episode?
"I'll see if it's true that TV puts weight on," he laughed. "But it's all going to be a surprise. They took about 65 hours of film, and it's condensed down to 47 minutes.
"I've been wondering if they put this or that in and what did they take out," Bush said of the editing process. "I'm pretty sure of some things that will be left out, but I might get surprised. Like you get lost in a conversation, normal guy talk, and forget there's a camera."
Danville's lucky winner of the exchange was picked from 25 to 30 people with the same name, he said.
"They wanted someone with family," he said. "I have three boys."
Bush said the trip was great and "it was a thrill of the whole deal" that was the most exciting.
As for whether there's more to the story than a trip and a night out clubbing and living in a mansion, people will just have to wait and see.
"It's a surprise," he said, but admitted something nice came his way.
The two men haven't spoken since the exchange as part of the rules.
"After the show airs, I'm sure our families will meet up some time after that."