Instead of watching SNL last night (below), I stumbled upon the latest 30 For 30, entitled You Don't Know Bo. The subject: who many call the greatest athlete we'll ever see in our lifetime - two-sport star Bo Jackson.
In another stirring documentary from ESPN, You Don't Know Bo dives into the upbringing through Bo's career as the only MLB All-Star and NFL All-Pro in history, before a dislocated hip (and subsequent hip replacement surgery) derailed his career(s) from reaching further heights. But beyond the facts of his sporting accomplishments, we also get an examination of the mythology surrounding Bo Jackson as a super-hero.
Bo was widely seen as such because of his athleticism that we haven't seen before or since, combined with the iconic "Bo Knows" Nike campaign and stories of his incredible athletic feats (hit the crown of the KC Royals logo in center field in his first swing at batting practice, jumped over a Volkswagen, you know, those sorts of things). Plus, Bo was so naturally gifted, and he didn't talk about himself or that openly to the media, that there was a sense that he didn't care like he could - for example, in the sense that he famously referred to playing football as a "hobby", hah! Consequently, we got a captivating look at the legend of Bo, which was just as fascinating as the reminder of his awe-inspiring athletic feats.
It's another must-watch 30 For 30, ripped to the interwebs above (shouts 2 Yardie), and to further reel you in, enjoy this Bo Jackson highlight montage below.
One last note: I couldn't help but think of our own personal experience with Bo back in 2010 when watching You Don't Know Bo. The same humility that was described and seen in the documentary is something we can backup first-hand as well. Check that throwback interview and our experience here. Bo Knows!
This weekend we got the opportunity to meet and interview one of the greatest athletes of all time, none other than the legendary Bo Jackson! You may remember Bo as a multi-sport athlete who played professional football in the NFL and Major League Baseball simultaneously, while also being named an all-star in both sports - accomplishments that have never been met to this day. Bo was so popular that Nike launched a Bo Knows campaign in the '90's promoting the first ever multi-sport trainer shoe: the Nike Trainer SC. When the shoe came out it immediately became the most popular shoe on the planet, as you could use it to train for any sport. Bo himself played almost every sport possible in those shoes going head to head with stars like Michael Jordan on the court and even Wayne Gretzky on the ice. Just check out some of the classic Nike commercials below and you'll see what I mean.
Now after 20 years, Nike revamped and gave rebirth to the all time classic Trainer SC. In our interview Bo Jackson talks about how transcendent that shoe was when it was originally released and also gives a nice comparison between the 1990 Nike Trainer SC to the 2010 re-release. Lastly, we couldn't let Bo leave without asking him, Does Bo Know Hip Hop? Find out in the interview above and be sure to get your pair of Nike Trainer SC's while you can not only for your collection but for your multi-sport training.
We feel very blessed to have meet a living legend who has forever impacted sports and to have heard him drop some words of wisdom at his Elite Sports facility outside of Chicago. Take a look at the video below of Bo giving advice to young athletes who now have the ability to practice all year long thanks to his indoor sports complex. Also be sure to check out the slideshow below to recap some highlights from the day. Not only was Bo Jackson there, but we were blessed to see legendary hip hop and sports writer Scoop Jackson as well as Chicago Bears defensive end Alex Brown! Stay tuned for more amazing interviews to come. Big shouts go to Cindy, thanks Nike! Enjoy!