Back in the Day: Bo Jackson September 19, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Back in the Day, Baseball, Football, MLB, NFL, Sports, Video.
Back in the day, “Bo knows” was the common phrase many fans used to describe the extremely talented Bo Jackson. It seemed liked this guy could do anything and everything if he put his mind to it. The many Nike ads also encouraged this type of thinking, but Jackson not only played professional football, he also played professional baseball. More importantly, he was really good at both sports becoming the first athlete to play in an All Star Game of two major sports.
Jackson is most known for playing running back for the Oakland Raiders. He also played left field and designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels.
While playing running back for the Oakland Raiders, the former Heisman winner dazzled fans with his amazing speed and power. He would often get long runs causing defenders to miss, or often dragged them on his way to a touchdown. In his first four seasons in the NFL, Jackson rushed for 2, 782 yards on just 515 carries and recorded 16 touchdowns. Jackson still holds the Monday Night Football record for rushing yards with 222.
When Jackson wasn’t running over linebackers like Seattle Seahawk’s Brian Bosworth, he was hitting homeruns in the Major Leagues. Jackson used his amazing speed to run the bases as well as make some amazing catches in left field. This was quite a thing to see. Just picture Barry Bonds with the same amount of power but with Ricky Henderson’s speed, and you had Bo Jackson. In his eight seasons in the MLB, Jackson recorded 144 homeruns and 415 RBIs.
A severe hip injury Jackson suffered in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals ended his football career, and would eventually end his baseball career. The amazing runs and signature breaking of the bat with his knee may be a distant memory, but this was Bo Jackson back in the day.
Note: A Bo Jackson baseball highlight video is coming soon