Bo Jackson — 30-for-30

I’m watching 30 for 30, and they’re reviewing the career of Bo Jackson.

I saw Bo Jackson play both baseball and football. I’ll say this: Bo Jackson was the best football player I ever saw. He possessed both speed and power. After tearing off a 91-yard run against the Seasquawks, he destroys Brian “The Boz” Bosworth on this play:

Total destruction.

Bo Jackson was before the era of televising everything at all times. Otherwise he would have been way above some of the guys we talk about today. We would see him play with the Royals against the A’s; then go to LA and watch him play for the Raiders. BSP does not use the superstardom word very often, but he was a Superstar. Dude would break off 90 yard runs like nobody’s business.

This is crazy talk. Bo Jackson, despite having the fastest Combine time (4.12) and being a big man; he had the best ARM I’ve seen, with the possible exception of Cal Ripken, Jr. He’s clearly the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen play.

He remains the only player to play in the MLB All-Star Game and the Pro Bowl.

I had the displeasure of seeing Bo Jackson’s final NFL game, a playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He got hit on a seemingly innocuous play and never returned. After the game, we stood above the tunnel on the way out of the LA Coliseum, and watched Bo limp out. I said “he’s limping, but he’ll be back.”

Actually, no. No he didn’t.

He went on to play a few more seasons in baseball but he was never the same player. Crazy, he played with an artificial hip.

Jackson did something unique: He didn’t go off the deep end once he retired. Instead, he has encountered much commercial success, including working for a community bank in Illinois, guest appearances on some TV shows, and an interest in archery. He didn’t hang around the game like he had nothing else to do. It’s admirable.

It was a blessing to watch that dude play. As great as he was, I still can’t say he’s a Hall-of-Famer. He just didn’t play long enough. Longevity is a big deal, and he didn’t have the depth of career that the Hall-of-Famers do.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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