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From my book, "The Auburn Experience:"
It was the summer of 1982, early in preseason practice. Randy Campbell, laying claim to the starting job, was at quarterback. A freshman was lined up behind him in the Wishbone formation.
“I turned around to hand him the ball, and he was already gone past me,” Campbell remembers. “I told the coaches ‘He’s lining up too close.’”
He wasn’t. Bo Jackson was that fast.
Jackson was painfully shy and didn’t talk often. But it wasn’t long before Campbell and his teammates knew there was someone special among them.
“You could tell he was different,” says Campbell, who is the founder of Campbell Wealth Management in Birmingham. “He was bigger and stronger than anybody we had who wasn’t a lineman. He was faster than anybody, period.”
Campbell says there was no jealousy as Jackson climbed rapidly up the depth chart.
“The thing is, he was so much better than everybody,” Campbell says. “Nobody went back to their rooms saying ‘I can’t believe they put that freshman ahead of me.’ It was like if I was playing quarterback and all of a sudden John Elway transferred to Auburn. It was that obvious.”
Class act and gutsy player, Campbell. Bo is simply the best ever. Nice stroll down memory lane tonight, thanks PM.
Oh how I wish I could have seen Bo play in person. And it saddens me that I no longer have my tecmo bowl game. Bo knows Tecmo Bowl
Auburn '99, Beta Zeta of Theta Xi
you can play it online here
Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away.
One of my favorite moments from the "Auburn-Decade of the eighties" video is Randy quoting that story. Especially when he turns to the running back coach and says for the second time, "You gotta back him up, he's too close" after he stuck the ball in his hip again. Only to have the running back coach reply, "You gotta pick it up, this boy's a HOSS!"
Thanks mister, you have officially made my day. i pity da fool that gets in Bo's way.
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