bo-jackson-footballBo Jackson is an anomaly in professional sports as he was able to keep up a career in both football and baseball. His football rookie card was issued as #327 by Topps and has a value of $5 in near mint to mint condition. Be sure to check Beckett pricing for a more accurate quote. In addition there are various Bo Jackson rookie cards by Donruss, Score and Fleer.

Jackson was selected first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers management feared their prized draftee would get injured playing baseball for Auburn. During a private plane trip that cost Bo his college eligibility, they warned him that he would have to quit his baseball career to play with The Buccaneers. This turn of events led to him signing with the Kansas City Royals. However, since he did not meet the regulations of the 1987 draft, his name was tossed back into the draft regardless. The Los Angeles Raiders chose Jackson during the 7th round, making him the 183rd pick overall.

Raiders owner Al Davis supported Jackson’s baseball career by creating a contract that gave him a special playing schedule so the football season wouldn’t conflict with his duties as a baseball player. Once he had joined the Raiders for the 1987 season, Jackson rushed for 554 yards on 81 carries in just seven games. Not bad for “second string” player behind Marcus Allen.

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