Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush paid tribute to ex-teammate and Utica Proctor High School grad Will Smith on Sunday.

Before the Saints hosted and defeated the Carolina Panthers in their NFC Wild Card playoff game, the team had a pre-game ceremony were they welcomed franchise greats onto the field to excite players and fans. Among them was Bush, who came out wearing a No. 91 Will Smith Saints jersey.


Bush and Smith played together for several years in New Orleans (2006-2010). Smith was tragically shot to death in New Orleans during an apparent road rage incident in April of 2016. Had he been alive today, you can bet the Saints would have invited to be part of Sunday's pre-game festivities - he ranks fourth in franchise history with 67.5 sacks.

The Saints visit the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday with the winner advancing to the NFC title game.