Bo Jackson is an American former professional baseball and football player. He is one of the best athletes of all time and the only professional athlete in history to play in both the MLB and the NFL.
Jackson became a famous athlete in the 1980s because he was good at baseball, football, and track from a very young age. He played football in the NFL and baseball in the MLB.
Jackson was recruited by the New York Yankees when he was in high school, but he chose to go to Auburn University instead. There, he played running back and helped his football team win the Sugar Bowl. He also qualified for the U.S. Olympic track and field team.
In 1986, he started playing in the MLB. In 1991, he moved to the NFL and joined the Los Angeles Raiders. He played there for 4 years before getting hurt and having to quit.
Jackson is famous not only for an ad campaign that made the phrase “Bo Knows” a catchphrase but also for scoring a touchdown in 1988 Night Football and hitting a home run in the 1989 All-Star Game. In 1998, the sport he called a “hobby,” college football, got him into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Early Life of Bo Jackson
Vincent Edward Jackson was born to Florence Jackson Bond and A.D. Jackson on November 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama. Adams. He was named after the actor Vince Edwards, who was his mom’s favorite. He is one of ten children. Since his father never married her mother, she raised him and his siblings. Because he was always getting into trouble, his family called him a “wild boar hog.”
Early Career of Bo Jackson
Jackson went on to attend McCalla High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he won the state decathlon two times. In 1982, when he was in high school, he set state records for the indoor high jump and triple jump. In his senior year of high school, he ran for 1,175 yards and hit 20 home runs for his baseball team in 25 games.
Jackson was picked up by the New York Yankees in the second round of the MLB draught in 1982, but he chose Auburn University instead because he had promised his mother that he would be the first person in his family to go to a major university. He was a great baseball player, football player, and track runner at Auburn.
ESPN named Jackson the eighth-best college football player of all time in 2007. In 1985, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Jackson. A scout said that, if he doesn’t get hurt, he could be one of the best players of all time.
Personal Life of Bo Jackson
Jackson is married to Linda, who works as a counselor for people in need of help. Together, they have three kids: Garrett, Nicholas, and Morgan. In 1990, he wrote an autobiography with Dick Schaap called “Bo Knows Bo.” The book tells about his life from when he was a child in Bessemer, Alabama, until 1990, when he was at the top of his physical game.
Professional Life of Bo Jackson
After getting a lot of attention in high school and college, Jackson was picked first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1986 NFL Draft. However, he chose to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals instead. Starting in 1987, he also played football for the Los Angeles Raiders.
In terms of how well he did, 1990 was the best year of his career. He averaged an amazing 11.3 yards per catch and 5.6 yards per rush in football. In baseball, his average at the plate was 0.272.
In 1991, he was playing for the Raiders when he hurt his hip badly. This ended his career in football. In the fall of that year, he was traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Chicago White Sox. In 1993, they won the American League West title with his help. He quit baseball at the end of the 1994 season so he could spend more time with his family.
He played for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, and the California City Angels before he retired in 1994. His career batting average was 0.250. He was a great football player for the Los Angeles Raiders, with an average of 8.8 yards per catch and 5.4 yards per rush.
Post Career Life of Bo Jackson
Jackson did other things after he retired, like getting his Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development from Auburn University in 1995.
During the 1990s, Jackson also became interested in acting. He made his first appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990. Then he was on Moesha, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Married… with Children. He also had small parts in movies like “The Chamber,” “The Pandora Project,” and “Fakin’ Da Funk.”
He was the head of the HealthSouth Sports Medicine Council, which is part of the HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. He was also on the board of Burr Ridge Bank and Trust from 2009 to 2017. In 2014, Jackson came back to the Chicago White Sox as an ambassador for the team.
Net Worth of Bo Jackson
As of 2022, Bo Jackson’s net worth is expected to be $25 million. Most of Jackson’s money came from baseball and football contracts. In baseball, he made an average of $6.8 million and in football, he made an average of $7.4 million. After getting hurt playing football, he got about $4,000,000 from his disability insurance in 2012.
Jackson has run for 2,782 yards and scored 16 touchdowns as a running back. He averages 5.4 yards per carry. As an outfielder, he has 141 runs and 415 RBI. His average at the plate is also.250.
Business Venture of Bo Jackson
Together with his brand “Promise Nutraceuticals,” Jackson released a line of CBD products called “Hero Brand CBD” in 2021. The Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex was started in 2007 by Jackson and John Cangelosi. He is a co-owner of the Lockport “Illinois facility” and also runs it as its CEO. He has also done well with other investments, like the food company N’Genuity.
Bo Jackson’s Hit and Run is Jackson’s own video game for the original Game Boy. In 2004, Jackson showed up in NFL Street 2. His first appearances were in Madden 15 and 16, and he later came back in Madden NFL 20.
Bo Jackson was recruited by the New York Yankees when he was in high school. He chose Auburn University over the Yankees because he wanted to be the first person in his family to go to a major university. In 1991, he moved to the NFL and played for the Los Angeles Raiders. In 1985, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Jackson first overall. He played football for the Los Angeles Raiders and baseball for the Kansas City Royals.
In 1990, he wrote an autobiography called “Bo Knows Bo”. His career ended in 1991 when he hurt his hip playing for the Raiders. Jackson has run for 2,782 yards and scored 16 touchdowns as a running back. As an outfielder, he has 141 runs and 415 RBI. Bo Jackson’s net worth is expected to be $25 million by 2022. Most of Jackson’s money came from his baseball and football contracts.