Jan. 20, 2011
AUBURN -- Former Auburn football player Bo Jackson, a 2011 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, was presented the award last weekend during the Honors Celebration at the 2011 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
The Silver Anniversary Award is given annually to six former student-athletes who have made significant professional and civic contributions since they completed their intercollegiate eligibility 25 years ago.
"Bo Jackson is without question one of the greatest athletes to ever play intercollegiate athletics," Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "While Bo's success on the football field and on the baseball diamond will never be forgotten, Bo has made a more lasting contribution to society as a devoted husband, loving father, outstanding role model and successful businessman."
Joining Jackson as Silver Anniversary Award recipients were Lisa Caputo, Teresa Edwards, Joe Girardi, Tim Green and Scott Verplank. Jackson was the second Auburn recipient in as many years and third since 2007, joining football player Gregg Carr (2010) and swimmer Rowdy Gaines (2007).
A native of Bessemer, Ala., Jackson lettered for the Tigers from 1982-85 while competing in football, baseball and track.
"We all marveled at what Bo could do athletically, but I was even more impressed with the man that he became during his time at Auburn and throughout the 25 years since he won the Heisman Trophy," Jacobs said. "Bo is truly a great Auburn man, and we are proud that the NCAA has recognized him as Silver Anniversary Award Winner. As his former teammate, I am most proud to call Bo a friend."
A two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC selection in football, Jackson is Auburn's all-time leading rusher with 4,303 yards. Jackson was awarded the 51st Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1985 after rushing for 1,786 yards, 17 touchdowns and averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
Professionally, Jackson played Major League Baseball for eight seasons from 1986-1994 and played in the National Football League from 1987-90. Jackson became the first athlete to be named an all-star in two professional sports when he was selected to the MLB All-Star team in 1989, also earning game MVP honors, and the NFL All-Pro Team in 1989. Jackson also played in the 1990 NFL Pro Bowl.
Jackson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He is currently part owner and CEO of Bo Jackson's Elite Sports training facility and is a partner in the Burr Ridge Bank and Trust.
For more information on these awards and the NCAA Honors Celebration, please visit the NCAA web site at www.ncaa.org.
Q&A With Bo Jackson
Q: What sport (other than yours) would you like to have played in college?
Q: What was your favorite song or music group when you were a student-athlete?
A: Muddy Waters and John Coltrane. I have always been a blues and jazz fan.
Q: What was your favorite book when you were in college?
A: "The Old Man and the Sea."
Q: When you were a student-athlete, what person (or people) inspired you most?
A: My mother.
Q: Did you have a pregame ritual? What was it?
A: I used to go to sleep between warmups and game time. I would take my shoulder pads off and lay my head in them. Coach (Pat) Dye would not let anyone bother me until game time.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to current student athletes, what would it be?
A: Try to stay as grounded as you can and do not believe the hype.