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Back in the Day: Bo Jackson September 19, 2007

Posted 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



1. K.C. - September 19, 2007

Cant decide what the best Bo highlight was running over the Boz, running through the tunnel after that long run, snapping his bat at home plate like it was a twig (I know a lot of baseball players do this,but Bo did it with such ease.) Or making a catch in center field and running up the wall. Truly a phenomenal athelete. Ran through the S.E.C. when he was in college at Auburn.

2. Marquis Chapman - September 19, 2007

I was always amazed at how he could break the bat over his knee like that. But I really liked how he ran over Boz, especially due to the fact that Boz was talking so much trash before the game.

3. Mr. Insider - September 19, 2007

Maybe the most talented two sport athlete of all time?

4. Marquis Chapman - September 19, 2007

I would have to agree, Deion Sanders was an amazing athlete as well.

5. Mr. Insider - September 19, 2007

Bo was #1 as a two-pro sport athlete. Unreal to see him play MLB and NFL games.

Deion was terrific, just not as great as Bo with a two sport ranking, in my book.

6. Marquis Chapman - September 19, 2007

Deion kind of lagged in baseball a bit, but he was amazing on the football field. People often forget how fast he was.

7. Frankie - September 21, 2007

Bo knows steroids!

8. D.C. - September 21, 2007

The “Bo Knows” slogan was great and the commercials were awesome. Bo did know football and baseball and did each one extremely well. Other than Deion also playing two sports, that’s definitely where the comparison ends for me.

9. K.C. - September 22, 2007

Speaking of two sport atheletes I am reminded of Charlie Ward a very intriguing athelete out of Florida State. Certainly not the Athelete of a Deion Sanders or a Bo Jackson, but a very good athelete. Won the Heisman Trophy in 1983 and led Florida State to their Ist National Championship. Only the second African American Q.B. to win the Heisman. (Andre Ware was the first. Remember him????). Charlie really didnt fit the mold of the average Florida skill position player. He wasnt brash, he didnt have great speed, and he didnt show-boat. But he was really efficient and had a decent arm. The sports world was kind of shocked when he told N.F.L. teams not to draft him because he wanted to play in the N.B.A. Having watched Ward play in college as a point guard I thought he was average at best. I thought football was his better sport and even that would be tough for a guy of his stature. To my amazement Ward was drafted in the 1st round by the New York Knicks . Where he took them to the 99 Finals which they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.Little known fact : Ward was also drafted by the New York Yankees in 94. Ward was not a phenom coming out of High School but he was a good athelete who did alright for himself.

10. Peter - September 29, 2007

Bo = massive steroids

11. Marquis Chapman - September 30, 2007

Bo knows a lot of stuff, but he definitely doesn’t know steroids

12. David O. - November 15, 2007

Whatever idiot running this forum who is allowing Bo Jackson’s good name and income-producing reputation to be trashed is asking for a lawsuit. Just check with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Bo never took enhancing drugs. He was a natural athlete from childhood and did not need them.

13. Jason Janti - May 9, 2009

Bo was a freak of nature just like Hershal Walker and Ricky Henderson. To all you Bo haters out there, if you really think Bo did steroids wouldn’t his name been in the Mitchell Report & and wouldn’t he have been mentioned by Jose Canseco’s in his book… Jose Canseco played against him. Duh!!!
I think what’s most impressive about Bo Jackson was his 40 yard dash was clocked at 4.12 with his pads and gear on and that was the fastest verified time clocked at an NFL Combine. Period. End of case, end of story!. And oh yeah that’s better than Deion Sanders or Reggie Bush’s time ever was or anyone else.

14. MITCH - August 21, 2009

Ergh 4.12 dont think so when Usain Bolt only did a 40 yard time in his 100m in 4.34 seconds, and he did a 9.5 100m, not Bo’s 10.4 time.

15. Eaw Teerapat Roekwararak - January 12, 2012

Athletics discuss r / c provided supporters a soapbox in order to words their own problems,… Avoid being astonished when many of these announcers aren’t appointed with a specialized sports groups.

16. damon - December 12, 2012

bo starts faster than usain…bo did do a 4.12

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