Bo Enjoys Return "Home" for Wall of Fame

Bo Jackson comments on being inducted into the Auburn Baseball Wall of Honor.

Auburn, Ala.--Bo Jackson says he is honored to be included in Auburn's first Wall of Fame group of baseball honorees, especially considering who else received that honor.

On Saturday at Plainsman Park, Jackson joined fellow Major League stars Frank Thomas, Gregg Olson and Tim Hudson at a ceremony in which their names and likenesses were put on the wall at Auburn's home baseball field.

"Everybody is great in their own right," Jackson says. "To be mentioned in the same sentence with Tim Hudson, Frank Thomas and Gregg Olson...you would have had to have done something right to be mentioned in the same group as those guys because one of them (Hudson) is still playing, Frank just retired and Gregg has done some phenomenal things and so forth and so on."

Jackson and the trio of other players received a warm welcome on a cold Saturday at Plainsman Park prior to Auburn's second game in The Auburn Classic that also features Boston College, Missouri and Florida Atlantic.

"Even though you come back and sit there with your wife and say, ‘Wow, I would like to be playing out there now,' in reality you have to move on, go on down the road," Jackson says. "It's great to have these memories. It's great to come back here and reminisce. Just like I said earlier, it is just like coming home."

Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner for the football team, hit .401 with 17 home runs earlier that year playing for Coach Hal Baird's baseball team.

Jackson's .864 slugging percentage from the 1985 season is still a school record and his career .715 slugging percentage is No. 2 in Auburn history.

Bo Jackson's display is on the left field wall at Plainsman Park.

Commenting on what stands out about playing college baseball for the Tigers, Jackson says, "The thing I like best really had nothing to do with the sport. It was the fact that I came to a place and got a free education. It is the place where I met my wife and that has been 26 years ago. I can't ask for anything more."

Jackson adds, "Today was the first time I saw some of my old college teammates. I hadn't seen them in 27 years. The camaraderie that you have spending three or four years with a bunch of guys riding across the southeast on a bus and having a good time and doing something which we loved do, which was playing baseball and trying to win a lot of games."

He spent eight years in Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox and was MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game.

Also a star running back for the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Jackson is considered one of the top football players in college football history.

"Nobody set out and said, ‘Hey, let's go out and try to win the Heisman.' We had one thing on our mind and that was to try to win the national championship. We came up short.

"Fortunately for me, my offensive line and my fullback did enough to make me stand out," Jackson adds. "I didn't do it by myself. I had 10 other guys out on the field helping me. I give all of the credit to them giving me the means to run up and down the field, which was easy for me. The guys out there blocking were putting their life on the line to create holes for me. They deserve all of the credit."

"I put Coach Baird in the same mold I put Coach Dye (former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye) in. He was more lower key. Coach Baird isn't as vocal as Coach Dye, but they got the same point across to their players, which is go out and play hard and everything will pay off in the long run."


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