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Alabama
Linda Jackson
Vincent Edward Bo Jackson
Garrett JacksonMorgan JacksonNicholas Jackson
Auburn UniversityMcAdory High SchoolMcCallaALAuburn University (1982-85)
Auburn University
Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
185
Male
A.D. Adams
Florence Bond
$16 million.Apr 10,2017
Sagittarius
Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
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Who is Bo Jackson?

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Bo Jackson is an American former baseball and football player and the only sportsperson to be named an All-Star in two major sports. When he decided to play both professional baseball and football concurrently, he became the most recognized professional athlete to participate in more than one sport. All of America knew him simply by his first name, ‘Bo’, due to a hugely successful national advertising campaign with ‘Nike’, the ‘Bo Knows’ series. He played some amazing football for the ‘Los Angeles Raiders’ of the ‘National Football League’ (NFL) and an equally astounding baseball for the ‘Kansas City Royals’, the ‘Chicago White Sox’, and the ‘California Angels’ in the ‘Major League Baseball’ (MLB). A critical hip injury ended his football career mid-way; however he did manage to return to baseball until his retirement. Jackson's speed and power on both the baseball diamond and the football field were legendary; earning him awards and respect. "I never set out to be a Hall of Fame baseball player or Hall of Fame football player. I just loved to play. Period," said Bo Jackson on ESPN Classic's ‘Sports-Century’ series. Although his injury prevented him from fully realizing his athletic potential on the professional level, Jackson was nevertheless a cultural sensation who made a significant impact on the history of American sports.

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Bo Jackson Childhood & Early Life

Vincent Edward Jackson was born November 30, 1962 and raised in Bessemer, Alabama. Eighth of ten children, he and his siblings were largely supported by his mother, Florence Jackson Bond, since his father, A.D. Adams, never wed Florence.

Jackson got the name ‘Bo’ from the ‘wild boar hog’ as he would constantly get into trouble. His life as a hoodlum was short-lived, when he got a track and football mentor in Dick Atchinson at ‘McAdory High School’ in McCalla, Alabama.

In 1982, he declined an offer from the ‘New York Yankees’ in the second round of the ‘Major League Baseball Draft’. He instead entered ‘Auburn University’, where he went on to excel in baseball, football and track.

Bo Jackson Career

Jackson was selected with the first overall pick of the ‘1986 NFL Draft’ by the ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’, but opted to play baseball for the ‘Kansas City Royals’. He also played football with the ‘Los Angeles Raiders’ beginning 1987.

1990 was by far the best year of his career in terms of performance. In football, he averaged a whopping 11.3 in Receiving and 5.6 in Rushing. In baseball, he averaged 0.272.

His football career was caught short in 1991 when he suffered a debilitating hip injury while playing for the Raiders. Later in the same year, the ‘Chicago White Sox’ picked him up from Kansas City Royals. In 1993, he helped them capture the American League West Championship. Deciding to dedicate more time to his family, he retired from baseball following the '94 season.

In 1994, at the time of retirement, he averaged a whopping 0.250 in baseball, having played for ‘Kansas City Royals’, ‘Chicago White Sox’ and ‘California City Angels’. In football, he ended up with a fantastic average of 8.8 in Receiving and 5.4 in Rushing, playing for the ‘Los Angeles Raiders’.

Through the 1990s, he dabbled in acting, having made several television guest appearances and appearing in small roles in a few films. In 1995, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn.

In 2007, Bo came together with John Cangelosi to form the ‘Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex’, a multi-sports dome facility in Lockport, Illinois. He has been successful with other investments, including a food company, ‘N'Genuity’. He is also among a group of investors who own ‘The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust’ in the Chicago suburbs.

After 20 years since his famous ‘Bo Knows’ campaign, Jackson returned to do commercials for ‘Nike’ in the fall of 2010 for their ‘BOOM’ campaign. On January 22, 2014, Jackson rejoined the ‘Chicago White Sox’ as an ambassador to the team.

Bo Jackson Awards & Achievements

While at ‘Auburn University’, Jackson won the ‘Heisman Trophy’ in 1985. He earned the ‘Bert Bell Trophy’, the NFL's ‘Rookie of the Year Award’ in 1987. In 1989, he was voted the ‘American League All-Star’ and ‘All-Star Game's MVP’.

In 1990, Jackson was named among the ‘25 Most Intriguing People’ by ‘People’ magazine. In ‘92, he won the ‘Jim Thorpe Legacy Award’ and also the ‘Power to Overcome Award’ by Easter Seals.

During the late 80s and early 90s, he endorsed ‘Nike’ and was involved in a popular ad campaign ‘Bo Knows’. Called ‘the greatest athlete in video game history’, his digital counterpart was nicknamed as ‘Tecmo Bo’.

In 1993, he was named the ‘Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year’. In ’96, he was inducted into the ‘Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’ and into the ‘College Football Hall of Fame’ in ‘99. In March 2013, ESPN Sport Science named Jackson the ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time’.

Bo Jackson Personal Life & Legacy

Jackson is married to wife Linda, a clinical psychologist, and has three children – sons Garrett, Nicholas, and daughter Morgan. The family stays at their private home in Burr Ridge, Illinois, US.

He did a 300 mile charity bike ride in 2012 and created a campaign ‘Bo Bikes Bama’ to support victims of the tornado that badly damaged areas in Alabama. Now, it has become an annual tradition.

Bo Jackson Trivia

He was named after Vince Edwards, the star of his mother's then-favorite TV show. Labeled as stubborn and hard-headed, he had struggled during his adolescence with behavioral problems.

Bo is famous for talking about himself in the third person. According to a Sports Illustrated article, only his wife is allowed to address him by his given name of Vince.

He penned his autobiography ‘Bo Knows Bo’ in 1990, co-authored with Dick Schaap. The book covers his life from the childhood in Bessemer, Alabama to the peak of his athletic abilities in 1990.

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Bo Jackson awards

  • Other

    • 1985
      UPI Player of the Year
    • 1985
      Chic Harley Award
    • 1983
      All-American
    • 1985
      All-American
    • 1990 - Pro Bowl selection
    • 1985 - Heisman Trophy
    • 1985 - Walter Camp Award
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Bo Jackson biography timelines

  • Vincent Edward Jackson was born November 30, 1962 and raised in Bessemer, Alabama. Eighth of ten children, he and his siblings were largely supported by his mother, Florence Jackson Bond, since his father, A.D. Adams, never wed Florence.
    30th Nov 1962
  • In 1982, he declined an offer from the ‘New York Yankees’ in the second round of the ‘Major League Baseball Draft’. He instead entered ‘Auburn University’, where he went on to excel in baseball, football and track.
    1982
  • Jackson was selected with the first overall pick of the ‘1986 NFL Draft’ by the ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’, but opted to play baseball for the ‘Kansas City Royals’. He also played football with the ‘Los Angeles Raiders’ beginning 1987.
    1986 To 1987
  • 1990 was by far the best year of his career in terms of performance. In football, he averaged a whopping 11.3 in Receiving and 5.6 in Rushing. In baseball, he averaged 0.272.
    1990
  • In 1990, Jackson was named among the ‘25 Most Intriguing People’ by ‘People’ magazine. In ‘92, he won the ‘Jim Thorpe Legacy Award’ and also the ‘Power to Overcome Award’ by Easter Seals.
    1990
  • He penned his autobiography ‘Bo Knows Bo’ in 1990, co-authored with Dick Schaap. The book covers his life from the childhood in Bessemer, Alabama to the peak of his athletic abilities in 1990.
    1990
  • His football career was caught short in 1991 when he suffered a debilitating hip injury while playing for the Raiders. Later in the same year, the ‘Chicago White Sox’ picked him up from Kansas City Royals. In 1993, he helped them capture the American League West Championship. Deciding to dedicate more time to his family, he retired from baseball following the '94 season.
    1991 To 1993
  • In 1993, he was named the ‘Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year’. In ’96, he was inducted into the ‘Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’ and into the ‘College Football Hall of Fame’ in ‘99. In March 2013, ESPN Sport Science named Jackson the ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time’.
    1993 To Mar 2013
  • In 1994, at the time of retirement, he averaged a whopping 0.250 in baseball, having played for ‘Kansas City Royals’, ‘Chicago White Sox’ and ‘California City Angels’. In football, he ended up with a fantastic average of 8.8 in Receiving and 5.4 in Rushing, playing for the ‘Los Angeles Raiders’.
    1994
  • Through the 1990s, he dabbled in acting, having made several television guest appearances and appearing in small roles in a few films. In 1995, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn.
    1995
  • In 2007, Bo came together with John Cangelosi to form the ‘Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex’, a multi-sports dome facility in Lockport, Illinois. He has been successful with other investments, including a food company, ‘N'Genuity’. He is also among a group of investors who own ‘The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust’ in the Chicago suburbs.
    2007
  • After 20 years since his famous ‘Bo Knows’ campaign, Jackson returned to do commercials for ‘Nike’ in the fall of 2010 for their ‘BOOM’ campaign. On January 22, 2014, Jackson rejoined the ‘Chicago White Sox’ as an ambassador to the team.
    2010 To 22nd Jan 2014
  • He did a 300 mile charity bike ride in 2012 and created a campaign ‘Bo Bikes Bama’ to support victims of the tornado that badly damaged areas in Alabama. Now, it has become an annual tradition.
    2012
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Frequently asked questions about Bo Jackson

  • What is Bo Jackson birthday?

    Bo Jackson was born at November 30, 1962

  • Where is Bo Jackson's birth place?

    Bo Jackson was born in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.

  • What is Bo Jackson nationalities?

    Bo Jackson's nationalities is American

  • Who is Bo Jackson spouses?

    Bo Jackson's spouses is Linda Jackson

  • Who is Bo Jackson childrens?

    Bo Jackson's childrens is Garrett Jackson, Morgan Jackson, Nicholas Jackson

  • What was Bo Jackson universities?

    Bo Jackson studied at Auburn University, McAdory High School, McCalla, AL, Auburn University (1982-85) university

  • What was Bo Jackson notable alumnis?

    Bo Jackson's notable alumnis is Auburn University

  • How tall is Bo Jackson?

    Bo Jackson's height is 185

  • Who is Bo Jackson's father?

    Bo Jackson's father is A.D. Adams

  • Who is Bo Jackson's mother?

    Bo Jackson's mother is Florence Bond

  • What is Bo Jackson's sun sign?

    Bo Jackson is Sagittarius