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Nostalgic Friday: Bo Jackson’s Heisman Trophy Year

It’s hard to believe that most teenagers have no recollection of Bo Jackson’s playing career. Time does move fast.

Gone are the days where Bo could show up on campus and cause high school All Americans to wet themselves at the mere sight of the great one. He was a tremendous recruiting tool for Auburn.

It seems like only yesterday that Jackson was the most popular athlete on the planet— bigger than even Michael Jordan. He was the first Nike superstar.

Today’s look back focuses on his 1985 Heisman Trophy year. The following is a compilation of some of his runs during that season.

Of particular note is the highlight from the Georgia game which begins at the 1:26 mark of the video. Like Pat Sullivan 14 years earlier, Jackson used the Dawgs to solidify his hold on the Heisman Trophy.

Bo wrapped up the award on an 84-yard touchdown run that became one of his most famous while on the Plains. The game marked Jackson’s final victory as a Tiger. Auburn defeated Georgia 24–10 on the way to a Cotton Bowl berth against Texas A&M.

6 Comments

  1. uglyjoe says:

    Good way to start the day. I was at almost every game. Thanks jay!

  2. reelphish says:

    New here but been reading posts for years. As a 10 year old, I “raced” Bo at one spring A-day. Cant remember if it was this season or year before. If memory serves, we started on like the 20 and he started at the goal line. Of course, he smoked us all. Never will be another like him.

  3. AUglenn says:

    Another good one Jay, enjoyed it. I wish I was alive to see Bo play. but I have watched a lot of videos of him and he was fantastic. Loved the videos of him running over defenders in the NFL.

  4. Older Whiskey says:

    Just an incredible athlete, a freak of nature. In that run against Georgia Tech, it looks like they have the angle on him, but it turns out to be an illusion, or an elusion in this case. For younger readers, the Jackets had a very good team that year, led by their Black Watch defense. Still wish that series hadn’t ended.

    The TD in the Georgia game was 67 yards, though, not 84. I believe Bo’s longest run for a TD was the 80-yarder against Florida in 1983. Just prior to Bo’s run, Florida had been driving, and Johnell Williams scored an apparent touchdown for the Gators, but the ball came loose and dribbled out the side of the endzone. Officials correctly ruled that Auburn safety Tommy Powell had knocked the ball loose at the 1-yard line, and Williams’ leg knocked the ball into and out of the end zone. Touchback, first down Auburn at the 20. Well, Gator coach Charley Pell circled the globe on that call. The play occurred in the northwest corner, and Pell came all the way down there from the east sideline to argue his case. (No replay official back then, but unofficial replays showed the call was correct.) Pell didn’t draw a penalty, but didn’t get the call changed, either. After about 5 minutes, we got Pell back to his sideline and resumed play. On the first snap, Campbell handed it to Bo, and he went 80 the other way. Talk about In Your Face! Bo had already run 55 for an earlier touchdown.

  5. HamiltonAUfan HamiltonAUfan says:

    Who’s No.30 in the picture with Bo?

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Fullback Tommie Agee. Contributed as a true freshman on the 1983 team, including going over 200 yards on Homecoming against Maryland and Boomer Esiason. Was the dive guy in 1983 and 1983, and became an I-formation lead blocker in 1985 and 1986, paving the way for Bo Jackson’s Heisman year, and a steller year the next season, for Brent Fullwood.

      …..Agee went on to the NFL, where he played for close to 20 years, and was a leading representative for the players. A fine Auburn man!