Raiders' Bo Jackson: One of the NFL's Most Explosive and Entertaining

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Raiders' Bo Jackson: One of the NFL's Most Explosive and Entertaining
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Raiders running back Bo Jackson only played in the NFL from 1987-1990.

For those, like myself, who are old enough to have seen Jackson run the football, talk about how amazing of an athlete and football player he truly was.

A dual-sport athlete, Jackson was initially drafted in 1986 by the Buccaneers as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, but refused to play for them.

Instead, Jackson signed a baseball contract with the Kansas City Royals and passed up what would have been his rookie season in the NFL.

Then, during the 1987 NFL Draft, the Raiders decided to give Jackson another shot, and picked him in the seventh round since his rights with the Bucs had expired.

That was the beginning of a short, but amazing professional football career.

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