Daily Trivia – 6/6/11

Question: On The Golden Girls, what fictional Minnesota town was Betty White’s character from?


Last Question: What was the catchphrase in Bo Jackson’s Nike ads?

Answer: Bo Knows

Bo Jackson, the first athlete in the modern era to play professional baseball and football in the same year, was the spokesman for Nike’s cross-training shoes. The campaign ran in 1989 and 1990.

Coincidentally, the first time the commercial aired was during the commercial break immediately following Jackson’s lead-off home run in the 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Bo Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. He was drafted first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, Tampa Bay gave Jackson an ultimatum to choose wither baseball or football. So, he decided to play baseball for the defending champion Kansas City Royals.

Since he did not sign with a team, he was eligible for the next football draft. he Los Angeles Raiders selected Jackson in the 7th round with the 183rd overall pick. Raiders owner Al Davis supported Jackson and his baseball career and got Jackson to sign a contract by offering him a salary that was comparable to a full-time starting running back but allowing Jackson to join the Raiders only after the baseball season ended.

He was very successful in both sports, until he had a hip injury in 1990. This ended his football career, and he needed to have hip replacement surgery. Jackson was able to return to the Chicago White Sox in 1993, and in his first at-bat, against the New York Yankees, he homered on his first swing.

For the 1994 season, he was signed as a free agent by the California Angels for one final season, where he hit another 13 home runs in 201 at bats, before retiring during the strike.

2 thoughts on “Daily Trivia – 6/6/11”

  1. I loved Bo, so I was heartbroken when he ended up with the Raiders (my least favorite team). I also love two-sport athletes, but if Bo would have stuck with baseball, I think he would have been a Hall-of-Famer.

    1. We have the same least favorite team! I didn’t like Bo when he played with them. I did like the Royals though. And Deion Sanders is probably my least favorite athlete of all time. So, I appreciated Bo Jackson much more when “Neon Deion” came on the scene. And Bo showed a lot of guts coming back to MLB after his hip replacement. He really impressed me.

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