This Day In Sports History (December 7th) – Bo Jackson
It was on this day in 1985 that Auburn University running back Bo Jackson was named as the Heisman Trophy recipient. Jackson narrowly beat out Iowa quarterback Chuck Long to take home the prestigious award.
Bo Jackson is most remembered for being a great two-sport athlete, excelling in baseball and football, as he was named an All-Star in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball. In 1982, Jackson was drafted by the New York Yankees, but decided to attend Auburn University on a football scholarship. In his four years at Auburn, Bo dominated the SEC, which led to him being taken first overall at the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, the Buccaneers organization were afraid that Jackson would injure himself playing baseball and therefore gave him an ultimatum to choose baseball or football. This led to Jackson signing with the Kansas City Royals and his name was re-entered into the 1987 NFL Draft, where the Oakland Raiders used a seventh-round pick on him.
Here is a tribute to Bo Jackson.
Johnny Bench, MLB – Born December 7th 1947 (age 65) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Larry Bird, NBA – Born December 7th 1956 (age 56) in West Baden, Indiana
Terrell Owens, NFL – Born December 7th 1973 (age 39) in Alexander City, Alabama