Bo Jackson is one of the few athletes who has been named All-Star in two sporting events and to be on par with him is considered a lifetime achievement but that is, if he knows who you are, just like the case of Brock Lesnar, who recently declared that he is the modern-day “Bo Jackson” that certainly did not sit well with the decorated athlete.
In an interview with TMZ.com, Bo Jackson gave a stunning statement on comparing him with The Next Big Thing. Jackson was at the Eric Dickerson’s Charity Golf Tournament when asked for his reaction and he did not disappoint the media in attendance.
“I don’t even know who Brock Lesnar is, man. I don’t watch UFC and pro wrestling. If I didn’t make money in it, I don’t know nothing about it,” Jackson said.
Jackson was one of the few athletes that made a crossover from one sport to another as he first played with the Kansas City Royals to Chicago WhiteSox then with the California Angels. That season was cut short by the 1994-95 baseball strike and Jackson decided to retire at the age 32.
In 1986, Jackson surprised the sporting world as he made himself available for the NFL Draft and was then selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite still being eligible in the NCAA. Jackson was given an ultimatum to which path he would choose and he told the Buccaneers front office that he would not sign with them, which led the team to forfeit their rights on him.
Jackson found out that he was taken in the seventh round of the draft with the 183rd pick by then Los Angeles Raiders. Initially, Jackson had said he would continue to focus on baseball and would not sign, but his interest was piqued as Raiders owner Al Davis convinced Jackson that he could play both baseball and football.
Thus, a contract was negotiated where Jackson would be permitted to play the entire baseball season with the Royals and would report to the Raiders once the season was finished. In addition to this, Davis gave Jackson a salary that was in line with what a top-flight starter at halfback would make.
In comparison between Jackson and Brock Lesnar, Lesnar proved that he could make both ends meet, as he was the UFC undisputed heavyweight champion and the WWE’s five-time heavyweight champion. Lesnar would walk away from the Octagon in 2011 and after five years, he will be making a comeback at UFC 200 taking on Mark Hunt at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 9.
Comparing himself to Bo Jackson seems ironic since he has not yet beaten Hunt and regained his status as a mixed martial artist. Even the UFC locker room is not rooting for him. So as a fellow and former WWE star and UFC champion, Ken Shamrock, who thinks Lesnar will get beaten up from Hunt when they meet inside the Octagon.
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