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16 Epic Truths About Bo Jackson

1. Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson is an American former baseball and football player.

2. He is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major sports.

3. While at Auburn University, Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy, annually awarded to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the United States.

4. After a 1991 hip injury on the field ended his football career, Jackson focused on baseball, and expanded into other pursuits, including the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn. and films such as The Chamber.

5. His family described him as a “wild boar hog,” as he would constantly get into trouble.

6. Once as a child Bo did a backflip in waist deep water. He attended school in McCalla, where he rushed for 1175 yards as a running back as a high school senior.

7. In June 1982, Jackson was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft, but he instead chose to attend Auburn University on a football scholarship because he promised his mother he would be the first in the family to go to college. He was recruited by head coach Pat Dye and then Auburn assistant coach Bobby Wallace.

8. At Auburn, he proved to be a tremendous athlete in both baseball and football.

9. He shared the backfield with quarterback Randy Campbell, Lionel “Little Train” James and Tommie Agee.

10. Against the Georgia Bulldogs at Foley Field in Athens, Georgia, Jackson led Auburn to victory with a 4-for-5 performance, with three home runs and a double.

11. Jackson missed much of his senior season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA following a visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom he believes tried to sabotage his baseball career.

12. Auburn went on to win the game 33–26 as Jackson rushed 14 times for 64 yards and 2 TDs.

13. In the 1983 Auburn-Alabama game, Jackson rushed for 256 yards on 20 rushes in SEC history.

14. Auburn finished the season by winning the Sugar Bowl, where Jackson was named Most Valuable Player.

15. In 1985, Jackson rushed for 1,786 yards which was the second best single-season performance in SEC history.

16. Jackson finished his career at Auburn with 4,675 all-purpose yards and 45 total touchdowns, 43 rushing and 2 receiving, with a 6.6 yards per carry average.

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