We’ve always known it. I just wondered if others knew it. Now, after all these years, ESPN has confirmed it. Bo Jackson is the greatest athlete of all times. Over the past few weeks, SportsCenter along with ESPN Sports Science, have been conducting a tournament of sorts where they ask viewers to weigh in on the best all around athlete from the world of sports.
The competition included such names as Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps and many others. Each week voters selected the athletes to move on to the next round.
“Being an athlete is a different analysis,” ESPN’s John Brenkus said. “We are not discounting how great of a player an athlete was, but we’re factoring in different aspects, for example, we will look at strength, power, speed, quickness, reaction time, endurance, durability, in addition to weighing in on an athlete’s resume, clutch performances and the overall difficulty of their sport.”
It culminated yesterday with Jackson edging football great Jim Brown. On his way to the title, Jackson defeated the likes of Roger Federer, Ali, Jordan and Brown. That’s no easy bracket.
“Jackson’s speed qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Team for track and field, but he pursued football and baseball instead,” Brenkus said. “At the 1986 NFL combine, his time of 4.12 seconds in the 40 is still the fastest ever measured at any NFL combine — and more than a tenth of a second faster than the modern combine record of 4.24 set by Titans running back Chris Johnson.”
As was pointed out in the excellent documentary by ESPN on Jackson late last year, you won’t find him in any professional hall of fame, yet today he continues to be widely considered the greatest athlete to ever play professional sports.
He remains the only person to ever be selected for both the NFL Pro Bowl and Major League Baseball All-Star Team. It’s hard to believe he was only 28 years of age when he was cut down in his prime during a playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
We’ll always wonder what could have been?
My kids asked me last year why Bo’s picture that hangs on the outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium was bigger than Cam Newton’s and Pat Sullivan’s. They now are beginning to understand the answer.
It’s safe to say they’ll never be another one like him. Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT for ESPN’s special on the Greatest Athlete of All Time…
Remember when many of us were anguished over Brent Calloway changing his commitment from Auburn to Alabama and then disappearing until signing day? Remember when the state media heralded it as huge steal for the Tide?
In wake of Calloway’s arrest and dismissal from the Alabama team this past week, I’d say things worked out pretty well for Auburn…
Auburn Baseball took two of three from Eastern Illinois over the weekend, to move its record to 8-3 on the season. It’s still way too early to get a feel for this year’s team. The Tigers leave Plainsman Park for the first time this season, when they travel to Montgomery on Tuesday to take on Alabama in the Capital City Classic.
Alabama enters the game with an identical 8-3 record after dropping two of three to Tulane this weekend.
Auburn returns home on Friday for a three game series with Brown. That’s followed by a Tuesday night game at Kennesaw State and then Auburn returns home a week from Friday for its SEC opener with Vanderbilt.
It’s do or die time for John Pawlowksi.
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