Bo Jackson is a retired football and baseball player. He is unusual as a sportsman as he enjoyed success in two sports, and he is the only person named an All-Star in both football and baseball. It is for this reason that many people consider him one of the greatest athletes of all-time. Due to his success in two sports along with various business ventures, Bo Jackson has become a wealthy man. It is now estimated that he is worth $25 million, and here is how he accrued his wealth.
Bo Jackson’s Early Life
Born as Vincent Edward Jackson, but known as Bo, Jackson was born in Alabama on November 30, 1962. He was the eighth of ten children, says Wikipedia. Jackson showed talent as an athlete from a young age, and he was on the high school baseball team. He also showed talent in many other fields of athletics and became the decathlon state championship. Furthermore, he set state school records for both the triple jump and high jump.
Becoming an Athlete at College
Jackson attended Auburn University on a football scholarship, despite being selected in the second round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees. He made this decision as he promised his mother that he would be the first person in their family to attend a major college. While at Auburn University, he was recognized for his talents in both baseball and football, and he was selected to play in the university’s football team, the Auburn Tigers. His baseball endeavors at college were less successful, and he missed most of his senior season. Bo Jackson still maintains that there were attempts to sabotage his baseball career while he was at college.
His Career as a Professional Baseball Player
Jackson began his professional career in 1986. He played for the Kansas City Royals after they drafted him in the fourth round, signing a three-year contract with him worth $1 million. He then went to the Memphis Chicks, where he played 53 games. In 1989, Jackson was voted to start for the American League All-Star team, and it was then that he began to show his true potential. During the game, he became only the second played in All-Star history to steal a base and hit a home run during the same game. In the same year, Jackson had 171 strikeouts, which tied him in the 10th position for the most strikeouts in a season since 1893. Jackson was offered a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox in 1991. The deal was worth $700,000 per season, with the potential to earn $8.15 based on performance. At the time, Jackson was suffering from hip issues and avascular necrosis, so the team’s owners understood that he would not play all three seasons. In 1991, Jackson played 21 games for the Chicago White Sox. He then missed the 1992 season while he underwent a hip replacement and recovered from the surgery. |the following year, he returned to the team and played 83 games during the 1993 season. Jackson’s final year of playing professional baseball was 1994, and he played for the California Angels in his final season. When the season was cut short for the baseball strike, Jackson decided to retire at the age of 32.
Jackson’s Career as a Professional Football Player
Jackson had initially wanted to focus on his baseball career and turned down a lucrative deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he believed they had tried to halt his baseball career and force him to choose football. He deliberately did not attend the 1987 draft but was still selected as a player by the Los Angeles Raiders. Although he had said at first that he would focus on baseball, Jackson became interested when he learned that the Raiders’ owner was a fan of him and was interested in him playing both baseball and football. Eventually, Jackson negotiated a $7.5 million five-year contract with the Loos Angeles Raiders. It was agreed in the deal that Jackson could play all the MLB games before playing for the Raiders, even if it meant he would miss some games. In addition to the money agreed in the contract, which was the highest salary of any non-quarterback player in the history of the NFL, Jackson would also receive bonuses. Jackson went on to play for the team for four seasons before he retired due to his hip injury.
At the height of his career as an athlete, Bo Jackson endorsed Nike. He appeared in an advertising campaign that became known as ‘Bo Knows.’ In the adverts, Jackson took up various sports other than baseball and football. In 2007, Nike released a set of shoes honoring Jackson. Jackson also ventured into the world of acting, and he had small roles in television series, including ‘Diagnosis Murder.’ ‘Married … with Children.’ ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,’ ‘Moesha,’ and ‘The New Prince of bel Air.’ He also had small roles in films such as ‘Fakin’ Da Funk,’ ‘The Pandora Project,’ and ‘The Chamber’. Furthermore, he has provided voices for video games, including some that feature himself as a character. After ending his sports career, Jackson fulfilled a promise he made to his mother. He returned to Auburn University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development.
Bo Jackson’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bo Jackson’s net worth is $25 million. Although he predominantly made this money through his careers in baseball and football, he has also made money through acting and other ventures.
His Personal Life
Bo Jackson is married to rehabilitation counselor Linda Jackson. The couple has three children together; two sons, Garret and Nicholas, and one daughter, Morgan. The family lives in Burbridge, Illinois.