When a young man named Vincent Edward Jackson hit 20 home runs in 25 high school baseball games, the coaches at McAdory High School were impressed. In the same year, this senior rushed for 1,175 yards as a running back with the football team separated his self from the rest of the athletes at the same school in a unique way that forced people to pay attention. However, it wasn’t only Jackson’s antics on the baseball diamond and football field that garnered attention as a young man. Described as a “wild boar hog” by his family because of his penchant for getting in trouble, Jackson eventually earned the nickname “Bo”, the beginning of one of the most unique multi-sport legends in sports betting history.
Bo went on to play both baseball and football in college with the Auburn Tigers, batting .401 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI in 1985, the same year that he registered the second-best single-season rushing average in SEC history, gaining 6.4 yards per carry for a total 1,786. Jackson was awarded the Heisman trophy that year for his 5Dimes accomplishments on the football field, but although that led to him being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, he opted instead to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. Jackson became an American League All-Star and had the potential to do big things in baseball, but he decided to change his career path and he joined the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987. Three years later, Jackson earned his first Pro Bowl selection as a running back for the Raiders, becoming the only per head athlete to ever earn All-Star honors in two professional sports.