All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Bo Jackson

All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Bo Jackson

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All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Bo Jackson


We're counting down the Top 10 male and female all-time Ultimate Athletes. Previously: Lolo Jones, LeBron James, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Cheryl Miller, Ray Lewis, Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Allen Iverson, Bonnie Blair, Dave Winfield, Mary Decker Slaney, Jim Brown, Lisa Leslie, Joe Mauer and Mia Hamm.

3. Bo Jackson

Only pro athlete to be a All-Star in two major sports (football and baseball).


Why Him: At McAdory High in McCalla, Ala., he twice won the state decathlon and the 100-meter dash. In his senior year, he ran for 1,173 yards on 108 carries for the football team and hit 20 homers in 25 games for the Yellow Jackets' baseball team.  At Auburn University, he won the Heisman Trophy his senior year in 1985, rushing for 1,786 yards and 17 touchdowns. He hit 401 with 17 homers with 43 RBI in 42 games for the War Eagles' baseball team his junior year. He also qualified for NCAA track and field nationals in the 100-meter dash his freshman and sophomore years. In baseball, he spent only 53 games in the minors. The first of his 141 Major League home runs went 475 feet and he broke his bat in the process. He made the All-Star Game in 1989, the year he hit 32 homers with 105 RBI. In football, he ran for 950 yards and four touchdowns in 1989 and followed that with five rushing touchdowns and 698 yards in 1990. Only one other NFL player, Ahman Green, has equaled Jackson's record of two touchdowns from scrimmage of 90 or more yards. After a hip injury with the Raiders ended his football career, he played two more seasons of baseball on a prosthetic hip.

Ultimate Moment: Jackson has one in both sports. In a Monday Night Football game on Nov. 30, 1987, he ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks. One of the touchdowns was a 91-yard run. One of the others was a 2-yarder where he ran over Brian Bosworth. In baseball, his ultimate moment came on April 9, 1993, when he hit a pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat with a prosthetic hip.

Funky Fact: He ran a 4.12 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 1986, still the fastest time recorded at the combine.


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