For sports fans who grew up in the 80s, it’s impossible to forget Bo Jackson. He was an extraordinary force in all three sports, including football and baseball. Many saw him as an hero. They now have another reason to believe so.
As reported by The Associated Press, Bo flew to Texas three days after May 24th’s gruesome murders of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers.
Bo, accompanied by an unknown friend and co-contributor was there to assist Uvalde families in their recovery from Robb Elementary School’s evil.
According to the AP Bo now reveals that he is one of the…donors which covered (funeral costs …”
A grandfather nearing 60, the dad to three says he couldn’t shake such a heartbreaking situation:
” It’s wrong for parents to burrow their children. This is just wrong. It’s just not right. … The last thing they needed was to shell out thousands of dollars for something that never should have happened.”
Bo was presented to Gov. Greg Abbott with a check for $170,000. It was an anonymous donation at the time.
” We didn’t want media,” Bo says. “Nobody knew that we were there .”
,” Bo explains.
Abbott’s office said Jackson’s money was “quickly directed to cover funeral costs” through OneStar, a nonprofit created to further volunteerism and community service in Texas, including Uvalde relief efforts.
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” The true spirit of America is Americans helping one another through times of hardship and need. In a truly selfless act, Bo covered all funeral expenses for the victims’ families so they would have one less thing to worry about as they grieved.”
The day of the massacre, Bo tweeted the following:
“America…let’s please stop all the nonsense. Pray for the victims. Please share your thoughts if you have any. Our children are not supposed to be buried. All the families who lost their loved ones in the face of senseless shootings are my prayers. This cannot continue.”
Asked about what he meant when he said “this can’t continue”, he avoids political:
” I don’t think it is possible to make this anything other than what it is. With the money I donated, I just wanted to bring some sunshine into someone’s dark clouds. It’s happening everywhere now. It’s happening everywhere now.”
For any unfamiliar with Mr. Jackson’s place in sports history, here’s Biography.com.
Recruited by the New York Yankees before he was out of high school, Jackson decided instead to attend Auburn University.
At school, he was a leader of his team’s baseball victory and a Sugar Bowl champion. He also qualified for the US Olympic track and field team.
Going professional in 1986, he played for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox and the California Angels. During his time in baseball, he was the 1989 All-Star Game MVP, achieved four 20-home-run seasons, and tied the record for most consecutive at-bat home runs with four…
Jackson was signed…with L.A. Raiders in 1987. In his first season, he ran a record-breaking 221-yard rushing performance on Monday Night Football. He spent four seasons in the game before an injury sidelined Jackson in 1991.
The man is characterized by an extraordinary combination of strength, size and speed. His highlight reel has no equal. He wasn’t just able to evade the tacklers, but he was able to run over them. He could also catch a flyball above the wall, and throw it to someone at home.
Back at Uvalde. Bo has a special affinity for this town:
Jackson stated that he feels a special connection with the place he has driven through so many times. Uvalde was a frequent stop to get groceries or a quick bite before making a longer drive west to see a ranch friend on hunting trips.
It was his familiarity with the feel of Uvalde’s Main Street, leafy town square and the people he’d met on those stops that touched his heart when…news (of the shooting) broke…
He doesn’t even know anybody there.
“Uvalde will stay in your head. Jackson stated that Jackson was referring to the town’s name only. Jackson said, “I don’t know anyone there.” It touched me. It is the children. It is the children. Jackson stopped before Jackson repeated the phrase to regroup himself. “If it doesn’t bother you, something’s wrong with you.”
How many “heroes”, do you think, deserve this title? I believe Bo Jackson does. He was born with athleticism. However, compassion is only possible when a person searches within himself for his true self.
In this age of major-league narcissism that virtue has never been more important.
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