Bo Jackson (“Boar”) is a peerless person in the history of American sports. He managed to participate in the games of two professional leagues. He is the only one to be named an All-star in both baseball and football. He was famous for his non-ordinary demeanor on the baseball field. Once he broke the bat on his sports helmet on his head and pretended that nothing had happened.
Taking into account the universality and success of the athlete, many people began to wonder: “Did Bo Jackson use steroids to soar to new heights (under the guise of dogged work)?”
Bo Jackson’s Biography
Once Vincent Edward Jackson recalled that his born in a small Alabama city contributed to his becoming a great athlete. His native Alabamian city Bessemer was free from gangs, drugs, dames, there was nothing at all. The future star didn’t know what to do there, except devoting his free time to sports. He was engaged in numerous activities: baseball, basketball and football; but he never competed with his peers. He was more interested in going out to the playground with the older guys to kick their ass. He felt his prepotency and brute force, he ran faster and jumped higher. He had huge ambitiousness and intended to figure in history.
When Bo graduated from the school, his name was known among almost all Alabamians. In his state he gained a champion title in the decathlon (the discipline developed from the ancient pentathlon) two times, he also pulled school teams into the football’s playoffs (as a running back) and baseball championships (as an outfielder). Finally the New York Yankees chosen him in the 2nd round of the 1982 MLB draft. It allowed him to move to NY to build a career in baseball. However, this decision meant that he would lost the opportunity to become a part of the NFL, where he also wanted to get through. He had to go to university.
He desired to enter the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but his coach mentioned that there were enough good running backs in their team, so he had to wait some time to gain a foothold in the start. Such a situation did not satisfied Bo, so he chose Auburn.
While studying and some time after it, he played both in baseball and American football. In 1989, he managed to perform in a match of all MLB stars. In 1989, the stellar sportsman was involved in the advertising campaign, deployed by Nike. Its subject was the sporting multifunctionality of the athlete.
This player belongs to the most successful and sold American athletes for a short time. In 1991, he suffered from a severe hip injury. He fell from sport for two years. He returned in baseball only in 1993, quitting football forever.
Commenting his coming back, he noted that his strength was with him, but he lost his speed, which helped him to dominate in baseball. In 1993 he won the Comeback Player of the Year award of the American League, which didn’t satisfied him at all. He was unenthusiastic to pursue his further professional way. He was deprived of a part of himself without football.
In 1991, Tecmo Super Bowl game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) by Tecmo company, which is known for Star Force, Ninja Gaiden, Deception, Monster Rancher and other game series. It was crazy arcade football simulator, which enjoyed a significant popularity on the console. Even now you can find websites where users (mainly adult men) share different modifications of this game and play it online in organized leagues) Bo was the “deadly player” there.
Bo voluntary gives autographs on cartridges with the videogame more often than on soccer balls. Perhaps, if the football was his single occupation, he would have recovered from injury that ended his career, and he would have owned at least one ring of Lombardi Trophy, a pair of MVP leagues, and other prizes.
Maybe, people would have remembered him not only as a video game character, but, primarily as the great running back (RB). We cannot say that he is a nameless person nowadays. He is a unique universal player of an earthly importance.
Recent Jackson’s Statements
Bo Jackson has recently claimed that he would have never play American football if he was aware of the numerous head injuries the representatives of this sphere constantly receive. Jackson managed to defend the colors of “Los Angeles” in the period from 1986 to 1990. He simultaneously played baseball for the “Kansas City” (the MLB club).
He said, that if he knew about traumas, he would never play football. Unfortunately, at that time it was an unknown fact for most of the players. Coaches didn’t share such information. He advised children to play whatever (baseball, volleyball, basketball, golf, football), except dangerous American football.
Bo Jackson and Steroids — Is He a Bluffer?
According to the story by nutritionist Ellen Coleman which was published in 2005, Bo Jackson had problems with hip because of using illegal steroids in large quantities.
After that his lawyers made a complaint against Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (California newspaper), which quoted the nutritionist who supposedly personally knew this fact, under Jim Mohr’s byline. The lawsuit was against the media itself, sports redactor Jim Mohr, and some employees of the company. According to CBC, the newspaper was forced to apologize to the baseballer “without reservation” and retract a part of the denouncing story, which said about Bo’s “steroiding”.
Bo Jackson gave the interview on the conference devoted to the White Sox’s vs Cleveland Indians game. He said he had nothing to conceal from the society. He welcomed everyone who had the desire to check his medical past, check his blood test for the presence of steroids drugs in his body. He insisted that he had never used steroids (like testosterone cypionate and Nandrolone) for any purposes.