by Brandon Richard
Yesterday, a video surfaced of Bo Jackson, who has been an advisor to the Chicago White Sox this spring, speaking to the son of the team’s first basemen Adam LaRoche. Jackson is seen running down his career for 13-year old Drake, who is completely unaware that he’s cutting it up with a legend. Of course, Jackson peaked almost 10 years before LaRoche was even born.
For the uninitiated,Bo Jackson was one of the defining athletes of the '80s and '90s. An Auburn alum, he excelled in track, football and baseball. Described as “the best pure athlete in America” by a baseball scout in 1985, Jackson possessed speed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, but opted to focus on his other two sports. In his senior season as the Tigers’ running back, Jackson rushed for 1,786 yards and was awarded the Heisman Trophy.
A testament to Jackson’s athletic prowess, he was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1986 NFL Draft, and in fourth round of MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Somehow living up to his reputation as a transcendent athlete, Jackson became the first and only player to make an NFL Pro Bowl (Raiders, 1990) and MLB All-Star Game (Royals, 1989).
For Nike, Jackson’s rise to mainstream stard...