Dec. 2, 2010
Auburn, Ala. -
Former Auburn football player Bo Jackson has been selected as a 2011 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. Jackson will be presented with the award Jan. 14, 2011, at the 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. The 2011 recipients are Lisa Caputo, Teresa Edwards, Joe Girardi, Tim Green, Bo Jackson and Scott Verplank.
A native of Bessemer, Ala., Jackson lettered for the Tigers from 1982-85 while competing in football, baseball and track.
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.ncca.org.