“We have 45 men suited up. They're all supposed to be ready to play.”
He had more talent than any running back I've ever seen. Bar none. If he'd have concentrated on football and stayed healthy (not little stuff, big injuries like having your hip joint basically die), he'd have rewritten the record books for decades. I think he'd have been a hall of famer in baseball, too. Plus, he's selfless and humble. I admire the hell out of the guy.
"...Defense shut 'em down! Offense make plays! Hey, let's go be champions, boys!"- Greg McElroy
I have to confess Bo Jackson was my first favorite player. My mother was a bit misguided so that didn't help either, but I was in third grade, I'd just started to gain a real awareness of team sports and sports cards and Bo Jackson was at the peak of his popularity. I was just past the point of asking my dad which color team to cheer for, so I didn't really have ingrained bias and honestly wasn't aware he'd played for Auburn at that point in time.
He was a larger than life character and I remember how coveted his cards were amongst my friends and I. I remember getting a whole box of cards in return for a Bo Breaker Score card, and how sought after his Bo Black and Blue card was (it was even counterfeited). I watched the Monday Night Football game that basically ruined his sports career. He was an amazing player to watch.
On the flip side, later on I think I got a stack of like 30 1987 Topps Future Star Bo Jackson rookies because they were considered worthless at the time. I know he played for Auburn, but I can't help but feel a bit of regret at how his career turned out.
The stories I could tell of what I saw him so in high school. Like the song....glory days. I have to say I will never as long as I live see a more naturally gifted athlete.
Did I correctly understand him say that the "Bo Knows" campaign made his Nike revenue go up by 1,000%?
"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
If Bo is under contract to Nike, he may be forbidden to wear another company's products.
Like so many others, I've often wondered what might have been had he not been injured. During his professional prime, I was always struck how George Brett, one of the all time MLB greats, was in awe of Bo. Brett seemed like a kid going to his first big league game every time he described one of Bo's antics or accomplishements. During his comeback, I went to see him play with the Birmingham Barons (White Sox minor league team). Not knowing what his number would be, I wondered if I could distinguish him from the other players during pre-game warm-ups. I shouldn't have concerned myself.....he was huge, and still fast and smooth.....it's just a shame his career ended as early as it did.
"Bryant can take his'n and beat your'n, and then he can turn around and take your'n and beat his'n." -- Houston Oiler head coach Bum Phillips, a former player under Coach Bryant