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Confirmed: Bo’s the Greatest

By on March 4th, 2013 in Football 11 Comments »

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.


  1. bornatiger says:

    Bo is the whole reason I am a auburn fan both parent are die hard Alabama fans and my fist football game I remember was bo over the top I was just 4 years old and as soon as I was old enough to work I saved up the mony and bought bo over the top framed print stillhung up in my auburn room right next to my sighned cam Newton jersy great to be an auburn tiger wde

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Sentiment is the only reason that the voting between Bo and Brown was close. Brown was arguably the best pro rb ever and a great college lacrosse player ( but seriously, how high was that bar?). Bo on the other hand was a superstar at every sport he ever participated in.

    I competed against Bo in high school track and high school football. I watched him while we were at Auburn and I followed his career closely after he left The Plains. During those times I was able to personally watch other great athletes like Herschel Walker, Deion Sanders, Edwin Moses, Roger Craig, etc. Not one of these guys nor any other athlete I watched, were in Bo Jackson’s league.

  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Bo did things humans aren’t supposed to do and, he did them with ease !!!



    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  4. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    The only people who would question his title as the greatest athlete of all time are the ones who never saw him play either sport.

    Highlight reels are filled with great plays, but Bo made great plays all the time, and not just tremendously athletic ones. His sense of the situation on the baseball diamond allowed him to leverage his incredible athleticism to make throws from the outfield that defied imagination. He saw (or made) gaps in the defense and deftly made cuts and bursts for a man his size that were simply impossible for any other human.

    The mystique surrounding his wall walking, Superdome scoreboard throwing, 40-yard dash times, etc. is made even more impressive in that in this age of video recording no one has attempted to copy these feats, not even as a hoax.

    A cynic would say it’s only a matter of time for someone to run three steps up and down a wall. A realist would ask “Which athlete is WILLING to run up and down a wall?”

  5. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    On the subject of baseball, I don’t get to many games, but I follow the team on Gametracker. I know baseball tends to be an “on any given day” sport where the meek often rise up to smite the mighty, but it’s beyond me how a Kennesaw State team could beat AU 9 – 2!!! This, to me, has always been Pawloski’s greatest failing, beating the teams he should beat.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Yep. Shades of ole’ Wingnut.

    • LSU Jonno says:

      On one hand I agree with you. Auburn didn’t make the tourney the last few years because they had some pretty bad losses in their mid-week games. Win one or two more of those per year and Auburn is probably in the tourney.

      On the other hand, mid-week losses happen. Usually coaches are toying with their lineups, getting younger players some experience, and saving their good pitchers for the weekend. In 2009 when LSU won the national championship we lost to Nichols State 3-1 at home in a midweek game.

  6. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    OOOPS, should have said not beating the teams he should beat.

  7. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    God broke the mold when he made Bo.

  8. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    So, as far as the combine 40 time record goes: C
    an someone explain to me why there is a difference between the “all time record” and the “modern record?” What, because they have lasers and high-speed cameras now, the old records don’t count?