In April 2012, Jackson participated in Bo Bikes Bama, a five-day, 300-mile gran fondo in support of victims of the tornado outbreak in Alabama. As a thrower, he got top-throws of 15.27 meters (50 feet, 1 inch) in the shot put and 45.44 meters (149 feet, 1 inch) in the discus throw. He averaged 6.6 yards every time he ran the ball from scrimmage. The Hall of Fame. As he caught the ball at full tilt, Jackson looked up and ran three steps along the wall, to avoid impact and the risk of injury from the fence. A month prior the Buccaneers had quickly fallen out of favor with Jackson when owner Hugh Culverhouse took him on a private jet to visit with the team during his senior baseball season. During the huddle Bo convinced Coach Dye to let him go over the top of offensive and defensive lines because he was a 7-foot high jumper in high school and the other team wouldn't be expecting it. Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is an American former professional baseball and football player. He also appeared in an episode of the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in which he plays a basketball game with Clark Kent/Superman. Auburn responded as Al Del Greco made a 23-yard field goal to make it a 22–17 score in the 4th quarter. Physical Location . [68], In December 2010, he was named a 2011 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former NCAA student-athletes for distinguished career accomplishment on the 25th anniversary of their college graduation.[69]. Jackson's athletic career was affected by an injury to his left hip. He came back in 1985 and was unanimous All-America. On January 22, 2014, Jackson rejoined the Chicago White Sox as an ambassador to the team – joining the ranks of Frank Thomas, Minnie Miñoso, Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, and Bill Melton. In his four seasons in the NFL, Jackson rushed for 2,782 yards and 16 touchdowns with an average yards per carry of 5.4. [60], In 1995, Jackson completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn[4] to fulfill the promise he made to his mother. Jackson finished his career with an average of 6.6 yards per carry, which set the SEC record (minimum 400 rushes). Jackson was a character in ProStars, an NBC Saturday morning cartoon show which also featured Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan fighting crime and helping children, although neither he, nor Gretzky, nor Jordan voiced their respective characters. In the 1983 Auburn-Alabama game, Jackson rushed for 256 yards on 20 rushes (12.8 yards per carry), which at the time was the sixth-most rushing yards gained in a game in SEC history and the 2nd best yard-per-rush average in a game (minimum 20 attempts) in SEC history. The 221 yards was a single-game record for the Raiders at the time. Today, the "Bo Bikes Bama" campaign has raised over $1.1 million for the Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund. He was a consensus All-America as a sophomore in 1983. [16], In his report, a scout stated that his only weakness was a lack of baseball experience. [46] While doctors did not find proof that Jackson physically reset his hip, they did discover that there was a fracture of one of Jackson's hip bones. This was in April 1985 when Bo was a 22-year-old scholarship athlete at Auburn University trying to make an even bigger name for himself than he already had in his football career. [37], Jackson held true to his statements and turned down the Buccaneers' $7.6 million, five-year contract in favor of a $1.07 million, three-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, and the Buccaneers forfeited his rights before the 1987 draft. Bo Jackson may not have ended up in either the NFL or MLB Hall of Fame but how many other people can say they made an MLB All-Star team as well as a Pro Bowl team? [47] He would be forced to retire from football, and was then cut by the Royals in spring training. Jackson, the eighth of ten children, was born on November 30, 1962, and raised in Bessemer, Alabama. On July 11, 1990, against the Orioles, Jackson performed his famous "wall run", when he caught a ball six strides away from the wall. He spent 53 games[24] with the Memphis Chicks,[25] the Royals' Class AA minor league affiliate, and was called up to the majors in September 1986. [13], In 1983, as a sophomore, Jackson rushed for 1,213 yards (1,109 m) on 158 carries, for an average of 7.7 yards per carry, which was the second-best single-season average in SEC history (minimum 100 rushes). Bo was accompanied on this tour by celebrities such as Scottie Pippen, Ken Griffey Jr., Lance Armstrong, and Brett Favre. Auburn held a 14–13 halftime lead when Alabama running back Paul Ott Carruth scored on an 8-yard touchdown run—and then the Crimson Tide added a field goal to make it a 22–14 Alabama lead going into the 4th quarter. During his time playing for the Auburn Tigers football team, he ran for 4,303 career yards,[11] which was the fourth best performance in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history. And some of those reports – like the one on Bo Jackson – truly capture a moment in time. Baseball players--United States--Biography Football players--United States--Biography African American baseball players--Biography. Jackson played college football as a running back for the Auburn Tigers, and won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. 130 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm. "Bo Jackson Quits Baseball; Says "Family Looks Better than $10 Million Contract. He did however play the character Calvin Farquhar a sports radio jockey on the TV show Married...with Children. In decathlon, he reached 8340 points. He was named after Vince Edwards, his mother's favorite actor. Bo only played in 38 NFL games. The event began after a series of tornadoes devastated Alabama on April 27, 2011. [59], Before Royals games, Jackson used to shoot at a target with a bow and arrow in the Royals clubhouse. There is a massive number of searches on the internet every day about Bo Jackson age, net worth and height. In 1989 and 1990, Jackson's name became known beyond just sports through the "Bo Knows" advertising campaign, a series of advertisements by Nike, starring Jackson alongside musician Bo Diddley, promoting a cross-training athletic shoe named for Jackson.[3]. The next year, Jackson played in ten of the Raiders' sixteen games with nine starts, recording a total of 580 yards and three touchdowns. His is one of only three numbers retired at Auburn. In this scouting report, Jackson's worth to an MLB team was listed at only $200,000, much less than what he would end up taking home later on in his short-lived careers. He is part-owner and CEO of the facility. Jackson recovered the ball by trading an autographed bat for it, and stated he planned to have it bronzed and placed on her dresser. He appeared on White Sox' disabled roster during the 1992 season due to completing hip replacement surgery earlier that year. [10] He was recruited by head coach Pat Dye and then Auburn assistant coach Bobby Wallace. In fact, he did return to pro baseball, where while he wasn't maybe the "old Bo", he was still worthy of being a professional baseball player. Bo added a single, stolen base and stellar defense to lock up this Most Valuable Player Award. [53][54] Players would make the popular move of running Bo all the way back to his own 1 yard line, then run 99 yards for a touchdown with defenders literally bouncing off him. In June 1982, Jackson was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft, but he instead chose to attend Auburn University on a football scholarship because he promised his mother he would be the first in the family to go to a major college. He was a two-time state champion in the decathlon. Jackson missed much of his senior season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA following a visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who he believes tried to sabotage his baseball career. Despite not being a Hall of Famer, Bo Jackson is one of the most-famous athletes ever. 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He made the Royals' roster in 1987 and hit 22 home runs, with 53 RBIs and 10 stolen bases as a left fielder. [12], In 1982, Jackson's freshman year, Auburn played Boston College in the Tangerine Bowl, where Jackson made a one-handed grab on an option pitch. His speech was centered on the benefits of stepping out of one's comfort zone. Bo knows baseball. Facebook Logo [19], While at McAdory High School, Jackson competed as a sprinter, hurdler, jumper, thrower and decathlete. In his abbreviated 1990 campaign, Jackson rushed for 698 yards and was selected to the only Pro Bowl of his career. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody," he said. On fourth down with 2:26 left in the game, Jackson completed the drive by going over the top for a one-yard touchdown run as Auburn (finished 9–3 in 1982) pulled off a 23–22 victory over Alabama and coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Extent . National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum I’m not going to give it all, just give some simple thoughts. He vowed not to sign with Tampa Bay should they draft him, but they proceeded anyway. [64] Jackson and his family live in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Jackson's 221 yards on November 30, 1987, just 29 days after his first NFL carry, is still a Monday Night Football record. [39][40] A five-year $7.4 million contract was negotiated where Jackson would be permitted to play the entire baseball season with the Royals and would report to the Raiders once the MLB season was finished even if it meant missing NFL games. In 2013, the bank was acquired by First Community Financial Bank, who retained Jackson as a board member. [26] Then he led off the bottom of the first—his first All-Star plate appearance—with a monstrous 448-foot (137 m) home run off Rick Reuschel of the San Francisco Giants. [29], During the 1990 season, Jackson hit HRs in four consecutive at-bats tying a Major League record (held by several). Category: Football. E-mail. The report from Ken Gonzales, however, will be preserved forever at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at PASTIME along with thousands of other scouting reports. Pro Football Hall-of-Fame and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Induct Vincent "Bo" Jackson into both pro sports hall-of-fame. Bo Jackson's Legacy. Jackson finished the game with two hits in four at-bats, one run scored, and two RBI. [8] In 1982, Jackson set state school records for indoor high jump (6'9") and triple jump (48'8").[9]. Wade Boggs followed with his own home run, making them the first pair in All-Star history to lead off their side's first with back-to-back home runs. In 1984, Jackson's junior year (most of which Jackson missed due to injury), he earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Liberty Bowl after defeating Arkansas. He also was found to have lost all of the cartilage supporting his hip. He is the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football. In his first at-bat after surgery, he hit a home run to right field. Bo Jackson's 34 Beef line offers juicy, flavorful and tender cuts of steak delivered right to your door step. He attended school in McCalla, where he rushed for 1,175 yards as a running back as a high school senior. Bo Jackson was born on Nov. 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama He was a 6' 1", 222 pounds tailback. Jackson was told by the Buccaneers that the trip, which ultimately cost Jackson his remaining collegiate baseball eligibility, had been cleared by the NCAA and SEC when it had not. KICKS HALL OF FAME: Bo Jackson… and ask how you too could be listed on the top floor. He went on to play football for the Los Angeles Raiders and baseball for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, and the California Angels. [71], In a 2017 interview with USA Today, Jackson said he never would have played football if he had known the health risks associated with it. "I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. "[72], Jackson is known to frequently refer to himself in the third person, a habit he has had since his childhood due to his severe stutter which made it difficult for him to say "I". [32] It was with the White Sox that he made his only post-season appearance, in the 1993 American League Championship Series, which Chicago lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. [20], Jackson qualified for the NCAA nationals in the 100-meter dash in his freshman and sophomore years. 2016 Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin Greene, talks about being run over by Heisman winning running back, Bo Jackson. That's right, Bo Jackson is the greatest running back not in the Hall of Fame. "[34], In his eight baseball seasons, Jackson had a career batting average of .250, hit 141 home runs and had 415 RBIs, with a slugging average of .474. He endorsed Nike and was involved in a popular ad campaign called "Bo Knows" which envisioned Jackson attempting to take up a litany of other sports, including tennis, golf, luge, auto racing, and even playing blues music with Bo Diddley, who scolded Jackson by telling him, "You don't know Diddley! Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Jackson's football number 34 was officially retired at Auburn in a halftime ceremony on October 31, 1992. He has been successful with other investments, including a food company, N'Genuity. You saw the ESPN doc on him, so you can't deny this. Vincent "Bo" Jackson is arguably the greatest athlete the world has ever known. For the of the ultimate grilling and tailgating experience, purchase Bo Jackson's Tailgating Steak Packs. At Auburn, he proved to be a tremendous athlete in both baseball and football. Jackson believes that the failure to obtain NCAA approval was deliberate and was intended by the Buccaneers to get him to play football instead of baseball. So for all the Bo fans, let us hope that the NFL and MLB will give us what we want and put Bo where he belongs. The ballot for the Royals Hall of Fame has been announced and it includes newly eligible members such as Johnny Damon, as well as holdovers like Bo Jackson and Kevin Seitzer. Jackson made an appearance in the 2004 video game NFL Street 2. He is the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football. [11] In 1986, he received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.[15]. I just loved to play. Bo Jackson, 53, is the biggest snub from the list of Hall of Fame snubs. Jackson, who ran 17 times for 114 yards during this Iron Bowl, continued marching his team downfield as he caught an 8-yard pass from quarterback Randy Campbell down to the Alabama 1-yard line. [38] Choosing to sleep in rather than attend the 1987 NFL Draft, Jackson found out that he was selected in the seventh round of the draft with the 183rd pick by the Los Angeles Raiders. The Royals Hall of Fame voting period has ended. In the jumping events, he had personal-best jumps of 2.06 meters (6 feet, 9 inches) in the high jump, 7.52 meters (24 feet, 8 inches) in the long jump and 14.85 meters (48 feet, 9 inches) in the triple jump. Jackson responded by running over Bosworth on his way to a touchdown near the goal line. Del Rounds needs your help with “Pro Football Hall-of-Fame and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Induct Vincent "Bo" Jackson into both pro sports hall-of-fame.”. He was the eighth born in a family of ten children. Bo Jackson says hello!" From Auburn's own 34-yard line, Bo Jackson and company began a long drive as he converted on a 4th-and-1 at the Alabama 42. Subject - Topic . Initially Jackson stated he would continue to focus on baseball and would not sign, but his interest was piqued when he learned Raiders owner Al Davis was a fan of Jackson and was receptive to the idea of Jackson playing both baseball and football. He constantly got into trouble that made his family to nickname him "wild boar hog" where he obtained the name "Bo." Within a month of the injury, Jackson had been diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip joint. Jackson joined the Raiders in time for their Week 8 match-up against the New England Patriots, where he rushed for a total of 37 yards on eight carries. 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