Bo Jackson Leaves an Impression
Following the Heisman Trophy presentation ESPN aired You Don't Know Bo. The documentary focused on the life of Vincent "Bo" Jackson. If you haven't seen it check out the re-run.
He was born just outside Birmingham, Ala. and rose to super stardom in the 1980s as a running back for Auburn. He was also supremely talented in baseball and track and field.
I remember him best as a baseball player simply because of a personal experience. As a member of the Kansas City Royals he climbed the outfield wall like Spiderman and hit a leadoff home run in the All Star Game. He also left an impression on a 6-year-old boy in town from Cincinnati.
My uncle and godfather Pat Tabler was Jackson's teammate during the 1988 and 1989 seasons and during the '89 season in which Jackson hit 32 home runs and drove in 105 runs, I was lucky enough to be in the Royals' clubhouse following a game on a hot summer night.
The distinct image I still remember - staring up at Bo Jackson wearing only a white towel. The combination of shower water and perspiration were still on his massive upper body and I just couldn't believe the sheer size of the 215 pound man in front of me. If you would have asked the 6-year-old version of me how big Bo was, I would have told you he was 10 feet tall and 500 pounds. Bo Jackson was simply bigger, better, faster, and more athletic than anyone else. He made incredible athletes look average and he made a 6-year-old stare in awe.