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Bo Jackson
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Jackson in 2011
No. 34
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: November 30, 1962 (1962-11-30) (age 58)
Bessemer, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: McCalla (AL) McAdory
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (1990)
  • Heisman Trophy (1985)
  • Walter Camp Award (1985)
  • Sporting News Player of the Year (1985)
  • UPI Player of the Year (1985)
  • 2× Consensus All-American (1983, 1985)
  • 3× First-team All-SEC (1982, 1983, 1985)
  • Auburn Tigers No. 34 retired
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 2,782
Yards per carry 7.2: 5.4
Rushing touchdowns 187: 16
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Player stats at PFR
Bo Jackson
Outfielder / Designated hitter
Batted: Right Threw: Right
September 2, 1986, for the Kansas City Royals
Last appearance
August 10, 1994, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 141
Runs batted in 415
Career highlights and awards

Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is an American former professional baseball and football player. He is the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football. Jackson's elite achievements in multiple sports has given him the reputation as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

Jackson played college football as a running back for the Auburn Tigers, and won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. He played in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders and in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

In 1989 and 1990, Jackson's name became known beyond just sports through the "Bo Knows" advertising campaign, a series of advertisements by Nike, starring Jackson alongside musician Bo Diddley, promoting a cross-training athletic shoe named for Jackson.

A 1991 hip injury on the field ended his football career, and his baseball career ended in 1994. Jackson expanded into other pursuits, including the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn. In addition, Jackson appeared in small roles as an actor in television shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Married... with Children, as well as films such as The Chamber.

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