Bump and Run: Bo Jackson

Sports legend Bo Jackson visited ESPN’s Bristol campus Thursday to promote his planned 300-mile bike ride across Alabama in April.

Under the BoBikesBama banner, Bo is making the five-day trek to raise funds for Alabama areas ravaged by tornados last spring. He graciously appeared on several ESPN platfoms, including SportsCenter, Both Sides Of The Ball, and SportsNation.

Growing up, I was a huge fan of the former NFL, MLB and Auburn University star. I owned a pair of the yellow-and-gray Bo Jackson crosstrainers; I was in the old Yankee Stadium with my dad on May 19, 1990 when Bo — as a member of the Kansas City Royals — snapped a baseball bat over his larger-than-life left thigh.

It was a rush to meet the two-sport star who awed the sports world in the 1980s and 90s.

In the video above, Bo talks about his experiences at ESPN, how his family keeps him humble, and why the charity bike ride is important to him.