Bo Jackson strikes the pose as Auburn player back in the day
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Bo Jackson, one of Auburn's finest and the 1985 winner of the Heisman Trophy, was named one of the top 75 players in college football on the 75th Anniversary All-American teams by the Football Writers Association of America on Thursday.
Jackson was named to the association's All-American third team. The All-American running backs are the first-team duo of Archie Griffin of Ohio State and Herschel Walker of Georgia, the second-team duo of Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh and Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State, and the third-team duo of Jackson and Doak Walker of SMU.
The quarterbacks are Roger Staubach of Navy, Tim Tebow of Florida and Tommie Frazier of Nebraska.
Auburn fans may argue Jackson deserved better. He rushed for 4,303 yards and 43 yards in his Auburn career from 1982-85. He was a baseball star, too, and is recognized as one of the great two-sport athletes, playing in both the major league All-Star Game and the NFL's Pro Bowl. Jackson is an advertising icon as well.
The Football Writers Association acknowledged the All-American teams are subject to debate.
"This was one of the most fun, yet most difficult exercises I've had in life — next to parallel parking, that is," said Kirk Bohls, the chairman of the FWAA 75th All-America Committee, in a press release. "Truly, it was an exciting — if not impossible — task to find the best 75 college football players ever. Please save your hate mail, but feel free to weigh in and tell us how we messed up. And I'm sure we did, but no one should argue that it wasn't a great idea to honor the best who have ever played the game. Let the debating begin."
The complete Football Writers' All-American teams are here.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine