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One scout knew how good Bo Jackson would be, calling him the 'Best pure athlete in America'
A Heisman Trophy winner, a Pro-Bowler and an MLB All-Star -- not to mention a video game legend , as well -- Bo Jackson has long been considered one of the greatest athletes of all time.
And somewhere out there, there's a baseball scout who can say, definitively, that he knew that what Bo would know as a pro. Observe, this scouting report on a 22-year-old Jackson from 1985, Jackson's junior year at Auburn, which popped up on Reddit late Monday night:
Jackson hadn't even played baseball in the spring of 1984 after separating his shoulder during the 1983 fall football season. But the year off didn't do much to discourage the scout, identified as "Gonzales" on the form, who described Jackson as "the best pure athlete in America today."
As for the actual ratings, Gonzales graded Jackson at "above average" or "very good" in every category but one, docking him in the "hitting ability" category, but indicating that he had potential to improve in the future. That's not to say he couldn't swing the bat, though.
Just two weeks prior to this report, Jackson had tied an Auburn baseball record with 14 total bases (three home runs and a double) against Georgia. Jackson hit a home run every 8.65 at-bats that season, another Auburn record, and set a single-season Auburn mark for slugging percentage that year, at .864 -- crushing Frank Thomas' then-record.
Jackson was selected by the Royals in the fourth round of the 1986 MLB draft and first overall by the Buccaneers in the 1986 NFL Draft. After choosing baseball over football -- as Gonzales predicted in his report -- Jackson's name went back into the 1987 NFL Draft, where he was selected 183rd overall by Oakland.
He'd later work out an arrangement to play both football and baseball, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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Courtesy of reddit we are able to see a pretty phenomenal scouting report from 1984 on the great Bo Jackson. The one thing that stood out to me throughout all of the comments is the fact that someone actually gave Bo a 7 on running speed! I only remember amazing games and highlights of Bo crushing it in the speed category and that he ran a reported 4.12 second 40-yard-dash at theâ...
The Internet gave us a great gift on Tuesday when a 1985 baseball scouting report of Bo Jackson surfaced via Reddit. The scout who evaluated Jackson billed him as the âbest pure athlete in America today.â The scout also correctly predicted that Bo would win the 1985 Heisman Trophy.
The scouting report was filled out after the scout watched Jackson play a pair of April games during...
Bo Jackson is considered by some sports enthusiasts to be the greatest pure athlete in the history of American athletics. Jackson possessed a rare blend of size, power, strength, and speed, all of which helped him excel in both the National Football League as a running back, and as an outfielder in Major League Baseball.If there was ever a can't-miss prospect, Jackson was it...
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One scout knew how good Bo Jackson would be, once calling him the 'Best pure athlete in America.'
A Heisman Trophy winner, a Pro-Bowler and an MLB All-Star not to mention a video-game legend, as well Bo Jackson has long been considered one of the greatest athletes of all time.
And somewhere out there, theres a baseball scout who can say, definitively, that he knew what...
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Growing up, Bo Jackson was my favorite player on the planet.Â His career was so short, but he left a lasting impression on how we view so many different things in sports today.Â I still bust out my vintage âBo Knowsâ shirt from time to time.Â Here is his scouting report:
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