Jersey Monday: Bo Jackson

So for some reason last week I found myself watching the MLB celebrity softball game (which aired after home run derby), and I was stunned at just how OLD Bo Jackson looked. Now, it's been almost 20 years since Bo played a football game, and more than a decade since he played baseball, so he is old, but when he played, he was such a physical specimen that it was hard to ever see him getting old.

As out of shape as he may have been, he still blasted a home run in the game, one that almost cleared the real fence at the stadium (for the softball game, they construct a temporary fence in the outfield). In that moment, Bo reminded us of just how good he was. One of my favorite all-star game moments remains his leadoff home run in the 1989 game, which was the last time the All-Star Game was played in Anaheim prior to last week.

I can reminisce about Bo as a baseball player all I want, but I really still think of him has a football player first (even if he didn't). But somehow I only ended up with this Royals Mitchell & Ness throwback, instead of a Raiders throwback. Maybe eventually I'll add a Bo football jersey to my collection, but for now, this one will have to do.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.

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