Bo Jackson (Freakishly Athletic)


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First man to be named to both the Baseball All-Star game and the NFL's Pro Bowl
Professional football and baseball player.
Winner of Heisman Trophy [1985]
Named College Football Player of the Year by THE SPORTING NEWS [1985]
Named as running back on THE SPORTING NEWS college All-America team [1985]
Graduated from Auburn University in 1995
Is illegitimate; didn't meet his father until he was 11.
Got his nickname when his brothers shortened the word "boar" - as in "wild boar."
The 8th of 10 children.
He and wife Linda, a psychologist, have three children: sons Garrett and Nicholas, and daughter Morgan.
While at McAdory High School (McCalla, AL), Jackson won two state decathlon championships.
Famous for talking about himself in the third person.
His 1989 All-Star Game home run was called by former play-by-play announcer - and President - Ronald Reagan, who was in the TV booth at the time.
Was a career .250 hitter with 141 homers and 415 RBI in 2,393 at-bats in eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and California Angels.
Ran for 2,782 yards on 515 carries with 16 touchdowns for the Los Angeles Raiders.
Only player in NFL history to have two rushing touchdowns of 90 yards or more.
Injured left hip in a 13 January 1991 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals which led to hip replacement surgery on April 4, 1992 and his retirement from pro sports in 1994.
Keeping a promise he made to his mother before she died, Jackson returned to Auburn University and graduated in December 1995 with a B.S. in family and child development.
Best season in baseball came in 1989 when he batted .256 with 32 homers, 105 RBI's, and 26 stolen bases. Unfortunately, led the majors in strikeouts with 172 that season.
Won the Heisman Trophy in 1985, beating out University of Iowa quarterback Chuck Long in the closest Heisman vote ever.
In his first appearance on ABC's "Monday Night Football", Jackson electrified a national TV audience by ripping off a 91-yard touchdown run and running over Brian Bosworth to score another touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
Homered on the first pitch in the first inning in the 1989 All-Star Game. Also had a single and a stolen base. Became the first player ever to hit a home run and steal a base in the same All-Star game. Named MVP.
Created some controversy in 1987 at the press conference in which he signed with the L. A. Raiders by saying he would continue to play pro baseball and only play pro football "as a hobby."
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