January 9, 2013
Everyone has a favorite athlete that they admire watching as they grow up. But my favorite athlete is a athlete that I was never able to see play. His name is Vincent Edward Jackson better known as Bo Jackson. He was born on November 30, 1962 in Bessemer, Alabama. Jackson came to fame as a multi-talented athlete, who excelled in baseball, football and track at an early age. His superior athletic abilities memorized me in ways that no other athlete has. He had a body of a Greek God and a personality of a church mouse. Bo’s athletic tenure was so brief; he played professional football and baseball for less than 10 years. . I first became familiar with Bo when I asked my father who he thought was one of the greatest athletes in the history of the world. He told me how Bo’s strength and speed could not be compared to any other athlete that he has ever known. This past month I watch a show 30 For 30 which documented the life of Bo Jackson. That show solidified in my mind that he is my all time favorite athlete. Bo was an unbelievable football running back but football was his second best sport. His best sport was baseball he was baseball, he could hit the ball miles and miles away with ease. In high school he was recruited by the New York Yankees. At the time the Yankees were the best team in the MLB. The Yankees offered him millions of dollar to come and play for them right after he graduated high school. But what I liked about him was that he didn’t care about money, growing up he was poor but himself and his family were proud of what they even though it was little. The money that the Yankees offered him didn’t faze him he wanted to attend college. He wanted to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. That amazed me that he had the option to come out of high school and be a instant millionaire. Then in college he had the opportunity to leave college and play professional sports but he made a...