Monday, April 6, 2015
#400 Bo Jackson
About the Back: Bo missed the entire 1992 season after undergoing hip replacement surgery due to a football injury.
1. The most enduring part of Jackson's legacy as an athlete may be his prowess as a video game character. In his days as a running back for the Raiders, his 8-bit avatar from Nintendo's "Tecmo Bowl" game was so dominant he was known simply as "Tecmo Bo".
2. Two words: The. Throw.
3. Making good on a promise to his mother, Bo completed his bachelor's degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn in 1995 after hanging up his spikes.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I regret that I never got to see Bo play at the height of his athletic ability. I get the sense that highlight videos don't fully capture what he was all about.
Bill James Said: "The Sox elected to decline his option, leaving him free to pursue another team (Bo Knows Rejection)." Jackson caught on with the Angels in 1994, batting .279/.344/.507 in 75 games with 13 home runs. He chose to retire after that.
On This Date in 1993: April 6. Ken Griffey, Jr. smashes a three-run homer off of Jack Morris in his first at-bat of the season, and Randy Johnson strikes out 14 batters in eight innings as the Mariners trounce the Blue Jays, 8-1.