People who don’t know who Brian Bosworth was (okay, is) can’t really get how thoroughly he was disliked.
He was a star linebacker at Oklahoma and even his coach, Barry Switzer who enjoyed a bit of an outlaw reputation, couldn’t always take him.
When he got to the NFL, a lot of people were waiting for him to get his comeuppance and Bo Jackson stepped up and did the world a favor.
In this clip you’ll see him completely outclass Bosworth, including running over him at the goal line for a touchdown. Bosworth never got his reputation back. It was beautiful then and it still is now.
Both are to an extent forgotten. Injuries forced Bosworth to retire young and ultimately a terrible hip injury forced Jackson out of football and baseball, where Buck O’Neill compared his hitting power to that of Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson, who spent his career in the Negro Leagues and wasn't afforded the celebration Ruth got. O’Neill said he only heard “that sound” from those three batters. Jackson was that promising. He was one of the greatest athletes to ever come along in American sports.