clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

You Tube Gold: Bo Jackson’s Wall Climb

A small but telling example of his athletic brilliance

Chicago White Sox
Bo Jackson at rest

Bo Jackson was one of the greatest athletes in the history of American sports. He was as fine a running back as the NFL has seen and as a power hitter, Buck O’ Neill said he ranked with Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson.

He was forced to retire in 1991 after a hip injury ended his career and nearly cost him his leg (the injury that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa recently was similar).

Jackson was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip joint and had to give up both careers.

Watching him compete was a joyful thing. He would break bats over his knee in frustration when he struck out (and sometimes over his head) and on this occasion, when running down a ball in the outfield, he just kept going and ran up the wall.

There’s nothing like him in the game - either game! - and probably will not be any time soon.