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Sports Speaker Bo Jackson is a legendary sports star in college, the NFL and MLB. Bo was a freak of nature on the field. He could do things as an athlete that 2 or 3 superstars combined couldn’t do and he did it in 2 different sports. Bo played for the Los Angeles Raiders for 4 seasons and a total of 9 seasons in the MLB for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels. In 2014, Bo appeared in an AT&T commercial that included legends Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie and Joe Montana. During the late 80’s to early 90’s, Bo was involved in a huge print and TV ad campaign for Nike known as the “Bo Knows” campaign. His signature shoes have received several retro editions most recently in early January of 2015. He currently works as an active team ambassador for the Chicago White Sox.

After turning down an offer from the New York Yankees in the 1982 MLB draft, Bo decided to attend Auburn University on a football scholarship. In 1985, Bo rushed for an incredible 6.4 yards a carry, marking the best ever single season rushing average in SEC history at the time to go along with 1,786 total yards which was second in SEC history. Bo went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1985, finishing his college career with 4,675 all-purpose yards and 45 touchdowns. Bo hit 30 home-runs, 70 RBI, and had a .335 batting average through 90 baseball games at Auburn University showing his unbelievable athletic ability to excel in both sports.

In 1986, the Heisman trophy winner was selected 1st overall in the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but turned it down to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. In his eight years in the MLB, Bo had 598 hits, 415 RBI, 141 Home-runs, and 82 stolen bases. In four seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders, Bo rushed for 2,782 yards, 16 touchdowns and 5.4 yards per rush. The 1990 Pro Bowler still has the Monday Night football record for rushing yards in a game with 221 yards.

Upon retirement from both the NFL and MLB, Bo made guest appearances on TV shows and starred on a sports reality show, Pros vs Joes on Spike TV. Sports Speaker Bo wrote a bestselling autobiography titled Bo Knows Bo, explaining how he grew up without an authority figure and his desire to come back from an emotional injury. In 2012 he biked 300 miles as a part of the Bo Bikes Bama campaign in support of tornado victims in Alabama.