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Bo Jackson Career Highlights

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Bo Jackson had a successful NFL career and was one of the greatest running backs in college football history. The Bo Jackson career highlights on the gridiron are some of his best moments, however, he also put on a show during his eight-year baseball career. From diving catches to mashing homers, Bo Jackson became the only person in history to be an All-Star in football and baseball.

Bo Jackson was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1986 NFL draft, despite this, Jackson refused to play for them due to them scheduling a visit with the team that was not NCAA approved. Jackson then was drafted in the fourth round of the 1986 MLB Draft and he signed with the Kansas City Royals. For the next five years, Jackson showed he could play professional baseball.

Bo Jackson Career Highlight: Broken Bat

This one is not a flashy catch or a monstrous homer, but Jackson was not afraid to show emotion while with Kansas City. During this game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Jackson hit a one-hopper back to the pitcher and was an easy out. Jackson decided to snap his bat like a toothpick over his head and the rest is history.

Bo Jackson Career Highlight: 1989 All-Star Game

In 1989, Bo Jackson started to show his true potential and was voted to start for the American-League in the All-Star Game. Jackson added another career highlight when he led-off the game with a solo home run to dead centerfield. Legendary play-by-play announcer Vin Scully and President Ronald Reagan were in the booth calling the game to see this moon-shot.

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Bo Jackson Career Highlight: The Throw

This is the play that Bo Jackson is most known for during his baseball career. Playing against the Seattle Mariners, speedy Harold Reynolds was on first base and the ball was hit into the left-field corner.

Reynolds circled the bases, however, Bo Jackson launched the baseball from the outfield wall to home plate and nailed Reynolds to get the out. If this was anyone other than Jackson out in left, Reynolds would have scored. If this play happened during the year 2020, social media would have a ball with this one.

Bo Jackson Career Highlights: Final Thoughts

Many will remember Bo Jackson for his football career, but others will remember his time in Major League Baseball. From smashing bats, to making great plays in the outfield, Bo Jackson was a freak athlete on the diamond.

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Nick Whyman is an editor at Overtime Heroics and has been writing for OTH since January of 2020. Whyman is also a Senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Broadcasting.