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Who played in an MLB All-Star game, an NFL Pro Bowl game and was a two-time state high school decathlon champion?

Question #144236. Asked by serpa.
Last updated Jun 07 2017.
Originally posted Jun 07 2017 12:37 AM.

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Vincent Edward Jackson (Bo Jackson)

As a senior in football, Jackson rushed 108 times for 1,173 yards, which comes out to 10.9 yards per carry, and 17 touchdowns. In the ensuing spring Jackson moved on to baseball, hitting 20 home runs, which tied the national record. He was also fantastic in track. As a senior, he won state titles in multiple dashes, hurdles, the high-jump, and the long-jump. He was even a two-time decathlon state champion ... All of this led to him being drafted in the second round of the 1982 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, directly out of high school. But Bo turned down their offer to go to college ...

At the 1986 NFL Combine, Bo ran a 4.12 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest time ever recorded at the event. This led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select him with the first pick overall of the 1986 NFL Draft. Jackson would decline this offer, and instead enter the 1986 MLB Draft, where he picked in the fourth round by the Kansas City Royals. Since he did not sign with the Buccaneers, they were forced to forfeit his draft rights ...

Then, in 1987, he was promoted to the organizations big league roster. He would play very well for the Royals for the next four years, and was even voted a 1989 All-Star, representing the American League. Jackson became the first player selected to an All-Star game in two different sports when he made the Pro Bowl in the ensuing football season.


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