Bo Jackson

Heisman Trophy Winner and Only All-Star in Both Baseball and Football

Arguably the most dynamic two-sport athlete in American history, Bo Jackson is the only man to be named an All-Star at the professional level in two sports. Mr. Jackson excelled in both football and baseball at Auburn University before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1986, making his major league debut for them later that same season. He was also drafted by the National Football League’s Los Angeles Raiders in 1987, where he was an elite running back for four seasons before his career was limited by an injury to his hip. As an outfielder for the Royals in 1989 he hit a career high 32 home runs, stole 26 bases and was named an American League All-Star.

Throughout his MLB and NFL careers, Mr. Jackson routinely wowed fans and journalists alike with feats of athleticism never seen before. He became a nationwide sensation with his endorsement of Nike in the still famous “Bo Knows” ad campaign.

After his playing career, Mr. Jackson completed his bachelor of science degree in family and child development at Auburn. He has since involved himself in various business and philanthropic ventures, including the development of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex, an 88,000-square-foot multisport training facility; launching Bo Bikes Bama, an annual cycling trip in Alabama that unites cyclists in support of the state and assists in its efforts to recover from tornado damage; and serving as an investor and current advisory director for Burr Ridge Bank and Trust, a client-focused, business-oriented bank. Since 2013 he has served as president and chief executive officer of VEJ Holdings, LLC, a full-service distribution company spanning multiple industries.