my absolute favorite athlete ever!
I had the book, my son has the book now "Bo knows Bo", the shoes, the posters. The guy was an incredible athlete.
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-"We had an outdoor party at a lake after we won the county championship," says Terry Brasseale, Bo's baseball coach at McAdory High School. "Bo's just out there in water up to his waist. All of a sudden, he jumps up, does a backflip out of the water, and lands on his feet. I said to my girlfriend, 'Did you see that?' "
-On June 5, 1989, Jackson ran down a long line-drive deep to left field on a hit-and-run play against the Seattle Mariners. With speedy Harold Reynolds running from first base on the play, Scott Bradley's hit would have been deep enough to score him against most outfielders. But Jackson, from the warning track, turned flat footed and fired a strike to catcher Bob Boone, who tagged the sliding Reynolds out. Jackson's throw reached Boone on the fly. Interviewed for the "Bo Jackson" episode of ESPN Classic's SportsCentury, Reynolds admitted that he thought there was no way anyone would throw him out on such a deep drive into the gap in left-center, and was shocked to see his teammate telling him to slide as he rounded third base.
-the only human to have thrown a football that hit the scoreboard hanging from the roof of the New Orleans Superdome,
-At thirteen years old, he had already moved up to the Industrial League in Bessemer and played against grown men. At the end high school, the New York Yankees selected him in the second round of the draft, but he declined the offer to get a college degree. In 1982 at Auburn University he attended baseball, football and track. He was the first athlete ever to do so.
-Jackson ran track in high school, and could run 100 meters in 10.39 seconds. The time is considered incredible for any high school sprinter adding to the fact he weighed around 200 pounds. He was told he should try the decathlon, but he had never pole vaulted or thrown the discus, so he taught himself to do both events in one day Template:Uncited. Jackson won the Alabama state high school decathlon with a record point total, and also set a record in winning the 100 meters. By giving himself such a point differential, he did not have to run the grueling 1 mile race, which he did not like and did not participate in. Jackson went on to win the event a second time.