Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson, popularly known as Bo Jackson, was born on November 30, 1962, in the U.S. From 1986 to 1994, Jackson was a professional baseball and football player. He showed great talent in both sports and is regarded as one of the best athletes of all time. Besides his prominent career as an athlete, Jackson also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and has done some work as an actor. This man really can do it all! Let us take a better look at Jackson’s outstanding career.
Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson
Bo, Boar, Wild Boar
November 30, 1962
Bo Jackson was born in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S., on November 30, 1962. He is the son of A.D. Adams and Florence Bond Jackson. Jackson had a rough childhood; he was the eighth of ten siblings and grew up in a poor home and his father wasn’t around much to support his family. In fact, A.D. Adams has another family and left Jackson’s mom. Florence Bond Jackson was out of the house almost all day working to provide for her family. While growing up, Jackson used to get in a lot of trouble. He attended school in McCalla, already showing great athlete skills on the school sports teams.
When Jackson was still in high school, he received an offer from the New York Yankees to play for them. Surprisingly, Jackson declined the offer to attend Auburn University. Jackson made that tough decision because he had promised his mother he would be the first one in the family to attend college. Jackson attended Auburn University on a football scholarship. After college, in 1986, Jackson played professional baseball for the Kansas City Royal of Major League Baseball. Jackson was an ambitious man; he wasn’t willing to give up on any of his dreams. A year later, in 1987, Jackson was picked by the Los Angeles Raiders in the National Football League draft. Jackson played for the Raiders until 1991 when a hip injury forced his retirement from the football world.
As a professional baseball player, besides the Kansas City Royal, Jackson also played for Chicago White Sox and California Angels. He officially retired as an athlete in 1994. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn University in 1995, fulfilling his promise to his mother. Jackson then did a bit of acting, making multiple television guest appearances first on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1990, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Moesha,” “Married… with Children” among others.
Jackson attends Auburn University.
Jackson starts playing professional baseball for the Kansas City Royal.
Jackson is picked by Los Angeles Raiders.
Jackson retires from football after a hip injury.
Jackson retires from the baseball and athlete world.
Why We Love Bo Jackson
He dreams big
Bo Jackson is the man who did it all; he pursued all his passions. He has been a baseball and American football player, an actor, and he even got his University Degree.
He keeps his promises
Jackson attended college because he promised his mother he would be the first in the family to do so. Although he didn't get his degree right away; he got it after retiring from his career as a professional athlete.
His charity work
Jackson cares about charity and helping others. Every year, he organizes the Bobikes Bama, a biking event to raise money for charity.
5 Surprising Facts
He has his video game
Jackson has his video game for the Game Boy called “Bo Jackson's Hit and Run.”
He’s an all-star athlete
What’s unique about Jackson’s skills is that he has been named an All-Star in baseball and football sports.
"Wild boar hog"
Jackson's family described him as a "wild boar hog" when he was young because he constantly got into trouble.
He got bullied
Kids at school made fun of Jackson because of his stutter.
His favorite outdoors
Jackson enjoys the outdoors and loves biking.
Bo Jackson FAQs
What ended Bo Jackson's football career?
Jackson’s football career ended due to a hip injury.
Why is Bo Jackson the greatest athlete ever?
He is regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever because he excelled in two sports careers.
Is Bo Jackson in the Hall of Fame?
He didn’t make it to the Hall of Fame because he didn’t play long enough.
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