School: Auburn University
Sports: Football, Baseball, Track and Field
When graduation finally comes around, and you’re about ready to hit the job market, you know it’s best to have options. For normal people (examples: you and I) it’s good to have two job offers so you can leverage a better deal for your entry level position. Bo Jackson had options too, but instead of, say, negotiating an extra thousand dollars to his salary, he passed up being the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL so he could become an eventual All-Star in Major League Baseball.
Bo’s athletic exploits are nearly legends at this point. It can (at times) be hard to differentiate fact from fiction. What we do know is that he was a two-time All-American running back who won the 1985 Heisman Trophy. What we think we know is that he ran that fastest 40-yard dash in Combine history, with a (hand-clocked) time of 4.12 seconds.
When he had time between baseball, football and, you know, school, Jackson also ran track for the Tigers, where he qualified for the NCAA Nationals in the 100m dash as both a freshman and sophomore. After pondering whether or not he should be a Track and Field professional, Bo realized the cons (making no money) outweighed the pros (nothing), and decided to stick with his initial combo instead.