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Bo Knows Bo Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1991

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In the improbable event that anyone does not know, Bo Jackson plays baseball for the Kansas City Royals and football for the Oakland Raiders, and appears in commercials for sneakers. Here, writing with Schaap ( Instant Replay ), he tells of his rise from grinding poverty as one of 10 children in a fatherless Alabama family; he was often hungry and given to extorting money from schoolmates. Athletics were Jackson's salvation: he starred in track and field in high school, then in football at Alabama's Auburn University, where he won the prestigious Heisman trophy. His story is heartwarming, a role model for young people. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- Bo Jackson plays professional baseball in the spring with the Kansas City Royals. He does it well. He plays professional football with the Los Angeles Raiders in the fall. He does that well. In his spare time, he does television commercials for Nike and other organizations. Now, this dynamic young man has written his autobiography, and has done it well. This is a fast-paced book with snappy dialogue, written in a frank, open, and honest style. Jackson minces no words about how he feels about people and events. He tells readers he was the bad Jackson kid who got himself turned around and made a success of his life. His love of family, his own and others, permeates the book. The language is street level; this is how Jackson talks. He is current news, and considering all the sports records he is breaking, his name will be news for a long time. Students reluctant to read will pick up this book. Not only does Bo know Bo--everyone knows Bo.
-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515107417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515107418
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By stevey wundar on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In my opinion, one of the greatest athletes to come along post-1970s (that generation had Ali, Wilt, Alcindor, Hank Aaron, Jenner, Hamill, Franco Harris, Evelyn Ashford, Archie Griffin, Bjorn Borg, George McGinnis ... some of the biggest names in sport!).

Fast. Big. Strong. (Did I mention Fast? Big? and Strong?)

This dude had all the physical gifts and the "can do" mentality of a super hero come to life!!!

Never seen anyone like him and probably will never again.

It's ironic that this two-sport All-Star, seeminly indestructible had his career hobbled to a stutter that fateful Jan. 1991 day on a football field.

This book gives you the inside on how a young Bo Jackson (aggressive and physically awesome even as a young kid) came all the way from Bessemer, Alabama, rose through elite football and baseball ranks to become the late-1980s megastud on the same dais of Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky before his injury.

It's an interesting tale with behind the scenes looks at how teammates and competitors in both the NFL and MLB interacted with him -- or should I saw competed in awe -- how Jackson came to hate Steinbrenner and how his family kept and continues to keep him grounded.

Here you had an athlete with ...

Carl Lewis' speed

Herschel Walker's size

Reggie White/Ray Lewis strength

Jim Brown's physical toughness

Barry Sanders' explosiveness

... and a "No feat too great or too tall" mentality ALL HIS OWN.

Bo was a champion who's athletic career was cut short too soon, leaving fans to always ponder "what if".

This book celebrates memories and reflections on "What was."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bo Knows Bo is a good book. It's about Bo Jackson's life as a kid, and how he played professional baseball and football. It tells you about his childhood, and when he went to Auburn. It talks about his personal life, when he played baseball, and football, too. It has chapters when people like Howie Long write in the book.

I would recommend this book to sport fans or people how know Bo Jackson and want to know more about the real Bo Jackson's life.

Spokane,WA Morch 17,2005 9 o'clock 32 minuts 21 secents
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jose Noboa on February 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The fact that this project was done in collaboration with Dick Schaap gives it a lot of credibility. While most sports biographies are just a celebration of statistics and athletic achievments, this book went beyond that and was very earnest in all aspect of sports and management. I gained a lot of respect for Vincent (BO) as a person not just an athlete. I was very impressed with all his charity work, his humility, and the fact that he got a degree in something that truly can make a difference in this world. An epitomy of being a team player who just wants to win, I gained a great admiration for Bo Jackson. The only reason why I gave this book 4 stars is because I feel that this book should have been written after his storied but painfully short career ended. It would have added a lot of strong chapters on his & families feelings regarding his career. The again, I would understand if that is something Bo would like to keep private. The world is a better off with Bo Jackson inspiring youngsters to achieve not just in athletics but in life. Thank you Bo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
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Bo definitely was an over-achiever and seemed to enjoy all phases of sports and life. He had a very intesting childhood and had problems dealing with his anger. As he matured and his accomplishments grew he recognized his anger problem and learned how to deal with it. It was interesting to have him tell about all the people he played with and against in baseball and football. Even though this book was written ten years ago, I enjoyed his comments on Dion Sander and Mark McGuire who are still playing today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TW VINE VOICE on December 14, 2011
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If success was measured in potential Bo Jackson would go down in history as the most successful athlete of all time. Sadly, due to a hip replacement in his prime we never got to see just how high Bo Jackson could reach. Yet anyone that saw his short career in either the NFL or MLB knows that Bo was potential Hall of Fame caliber in each, something that puts him in an incredibly elite category. In Bo Knows Bo, he describes his upbringing, the choices and circumstances that he believes made him into the man we all know, and provides a great overview of his his football and baseball careers up to a time just shy of his hip problems.

The book begins with several accolades from Hall of Famers such as George Brett and Howie Long who played with Bo, and even comments from Michael Jordan assessing what made Bo so extraordinary. For those who didn't get to see him play, the comments from many baseball and football stars alone will give you ample understanding of just how big an impact he made in the 1980s.

Written in a casual manner, the book flows easily as though Bo was merely giving an account of his life to a friend. Bo is definitely not shy about talking about his achievements nor accentuating their greatness, yet somehow he never comes across as arrogant. Bo seems to have maintained an intriguing combination of confidence, humility and a good sense of humor. Bo is also prone to the odd exaggeration from time to time, but this doesn't detract from his story. Added to all this are plenty of his amusing anecdotes, the result of which is a book any sports fan will enjoy.
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