Bo Jackson, while electrifying, had a very brief stint in the NFL. From 1987 through 1990, Bo Jackson was a two-sport athlete playing professional baseball as well as football. Injuries robbed him of his NFL career, but there’s no denying that Bo Jackson is one of the all-time great athletes.

However, after recent quotes from Bo Jackson, he apparently thinks of himself as the greatest running back of all time.

Warren Sharp, the NFL analytics guru, couldn’t have said it any better. Bo Jackson was a dynamic player who occasionally had an exciting run, but by no means was he ever close to being THAT good. In four seasons, Bo Jackson never once topped 1,000 yards rushing. In fact, he only passed 1,000 yards from scrimmage once in his four-year career. So, taking his numbers into account and the fact that he only made one pro bowl, where is he getting this type of confidence?

Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry were the only two running backs to average 100 or more yards in 2020. The next closest was Nick Chubb, who averaged 88.9, and behind him was Aaron Jones, who averaged 78.9. It’s become expected in today’s NFL for a running back to reach 1,000 yards, something Bo Jackson was never able to do. So the thought of Bo Jackson averaging north of 350 yards is nothing short of blasphemy.

A Not So Crazy Take

Jerry Rice on the other hand might not be so crazy in saying what he said.

In what was considered a rushing era of football, Jerry Rice racked up over 20,000 receiving yards. A record that to this day isn’t even close to being broken. If Jerry Rice could get those types of numbers in an era where teams ran first, passed second, and defenses could actually play physical, imagine what Rice could do now. Even if defenses built their entire gameplan around stopping Rice, offensive coordinators and coaches have gotten so creative with play-calling they’d surely scheme him open.

Jerry Rice is considered the best receiver in NFL history by most who watch the game. Bo Jackson, on the other hand, is considered to be one of the greatest two-sport athletes primarily because he played both at the same time. Yes, he was fast, but his NFL career was nothing special. I’m not sure what possessed Jackson to make the comment he did, but it’s nothing short of ridiculous.

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Kendrick Lindsay

Growing up in a single-parent household came with its perks and downsides. Perk, I became very close to my mother. The downside, she wasn't a sports watcher. It wasn't until I was 15 years old that I was introduced to the world of sports/sports media. That's when I truly fell in love with it all. And it wasn't the X's and O's that won me over, it was the deep-rooted stories of the business, the athletes, and the ever so changing nature of sports that intrigued me. As a recent college graduate and Communications major, I hope to put my imprint on the sports media world.

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