What You Should Know About Bo Jackson

# As a collegian, Tampa Bay offered millions, but he signed a low budget contract with the Kansas City Royals.

# The geniuses with x’s and o’s pegged Jackson as a cross between OJ Simpson and Jimmy Brown.

# His senior season at Auburn, He ran off with the MVP trophies in the Cotton and Japan Bowls.

# As a freshman baseball player at Auburn, Jackson once struck out 21 times in a row.

# When Bo selected baseball over football, he became the NFL’s first number one draft choice since Pete Dawkins of Army in 1958 to decline emloyment in football.

# He became the fourth straight Heisman Trophy winner to bypass the NFL;  1982 winner Herschel Walker (Georgia), 1983 winner Mike Rozier (Nebraska), and 1984 winner Doug Flutie (Boston College), all signed with the United States Football League.

# A situation similar to Jackson’s was that of Kirk Gibson.  An All-American football player at Michigan State (wide receiver), Gibson signed with Detroit after his junior year.  He continued to play football his senior year.

# In his first season with the minor league Memphis Chicks, Bo had a one-week stretch where he had eleven hits in 29 at-bats and a 554 foot grand slam HR.  He was named the Southern League’s Player of the Week.

# In Jackson’s first at-bat in the major leagues, he singled to right off of future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.

# During his second week in the majors, Bo went 4 for 4 against Seattle.  Three of those hits were infield singles.

# NFL scouts timed Jackson in 4.2 in the forty yard dash, and he’s been timed in 3.5 seconds going from home plate to first base.

# His first major league homer was a 475 foot shot that some say was the longest ball ever hit in Royals Stadium.

 

 

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