Friday, August 28, 2009

Bo Jackson: Hip Injury was a Blessing in Disguise

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Bo Jackson wouldn't change a thing.

The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner told about 300 people attending a College Football Hall of Fame luncheon Thursday that people often tell him how sorry they are that his football and baseball careers were cut short by a hip injury he sustained in 1991.

"Don't be sorry for me. It was a blessing in disguise," he said. "We as humans have to realize that God puts speed bumps in our road of life. My speed bump was me injuring myself. I've gotten over that. I've moved on from being an employee to being an employer."

The 46-year-old businessman, who played two more seasons with the White Sox after hip replacement surgery in 1992, still lives in the Chicago area. He is a part owner of the Burr Ridge Bank & Trust and own the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex in Lockport, Ill.

Jackson said he finds being a businessman just as rewarding and challenging as being an athlete.

"I'm learning something new every day. I'm eager to learn," he said. "I'm also learning that if you don't watch yourself you can be taken advantage of quickly in the business world. The thing I try to do is surround myself with smart, astute business people and that seems to help out a great deal."

Jackson, 46, entertained the crowd, telling them his name is short for "Boar Hog," a nickname neighborhood kids gave him because he was so tough. His mother named him Vincent Edward because she had a crush on actor Vince Edwards who starred in the 1960s TV show "Ben Casey."

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