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Bo Jackson      

Only Athlete Named an All-Star in Both NFL and MLB All-Star Teams; Heisman Trophy Winner at Auburn

Bo Jackson, the eighth of ten children, was born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama and was named after Vince Edwards, his mother's favorite actor. His family described him as a "wild boar hog," as he would constantly get into trouble. The nickname was eventually shortened to "Bo."

Jackson attended McAdory High School in McCalla, Alabama, where he rushed for 1175 yards as a running back as a high school senior. Jackson also hit twenty home runs in twenty-five games for McAdory's baseball team during his senior season. He was also a two-time state champion in the 100-meter dash.

He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. In football, he played running back for the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League. In baseball, he played left field and was a designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox and the California Angels of the American League in Major League Baseball.

While at Auburn University, he won the 1985 Heisman Trophy, the prize annually awarded to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the United States. He also ran a 40-yard dash in 4.12 seconds (hand-timed), which is still the fastest verifiable 40-yard dash time ever recorded at any NFL Combine. A hip injury severely impaired his professional baseball career, and ended his NFL career.

In 1989 and 1990, Jackson's name became known beyond just sports fans through the "Bo Knows" advertising campaign, a series of advertisements by Nike, that starred Jackson alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Bo Diddley, promoting a cross-training athletic shoe named for Jackson.

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Bo Jackson, and coming to terms with the aging of a god - SBNation ...

He thrilled us in our youth, but time seeks to diminish his accomplishments and memory.

Bo Jackson not worried about Auburn allegations - College Football ...

Former Auburn football star Bo Jackson isnt worried about the negative reports about his alma mater. Bo Jackson not worried about Auburn allegations.

Mike Bauman: Bo Jackson recognized with Beacon award | MLB ...

Bo Jackson, a transcendent cultural figure in American society and a star in two professional sports, was recognized with the Beacon of Life award on Saturday.

One scout knew how good Bo Jackson would be - MLB News | FOX ...

One scout knew how good Bo Jackson would be, calling him the Best pure athlete in America. One scout knew how good Bo Jackson would be.

Deion Sanders Shares His 'Bo Jackson Moment' | Bleacher Report

In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show , Deion Sanders recounts his first encounter on the field with Bo Jackson when the two were in college...

Will there ever be another two-sport star like Bo Jackson? - MLB ...

The latest MLB news, standings, trade rumors, scores, schedules and more on Sporting News.

Bo Jackson sports facility delayed again in Hilliard after developers ...

Don't look now, but the long-discussed Bo Jackson sports facility in Hilliard ...

Football greats Bo Jackson and Tony Nathan help raise money for ALS

And indeed he was. Jackson and former University of Alabama running back Tony Nathan were the featured speakers at the second annual fundraising event benefiting the ALS Association Alabama Chapter.

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