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I'm watching the ESPN 30 for 30 right now, and I found myself wondering, would Bo Jackson have been the greatest dual-threat QB ever?
He had one of the best arms in baseball history and obvious was a great runner, so do you guys think if he was in a modern day spread offense, playing QB, that he would set all the records at QB?
No. There is much more that goes into playing QB than just having agreat arm.
Obviously, but he also could run like a mad man and was extremely accurate with his baseball throws, while throwing a baseball is different, arm strength is arm strength.
There's also the whole decision making thing with the read option, reading defenses, reading coverages, etc. It's a lot more than just being a good runner and passer.
He'd probably be exceptional, but idk.
Maybe, but he's much more exciting as a runningback. Bo knows.
All of his coaches laud him for his incredible football intelligence as well.
I don't know man. If the guy could play QB he would of been one in High School and then got recruited as a QB. The fact that he never got a shot at QB makes me believe he couldn't throw a football accurately or make the correct decisions.
Maybe. I guess we'll never know, but I would have given him a shot at QB if I was a coach.
It's a shame the way Bo's career ended. One of the greatest athletes of all time IMO. And my favorite running back in Tecmo Superbowl. That guy was sick in that video game.
If his hip injury would have been diagnosed earlier, he would have been fine. Sad to see.
Yeah, too sad. Other guys had tried the two sport route but I can't think of any that were elite in both. Prime time was an excellent football player but average in baseball. Bo was clearly in a league of his own.
fwiw, I don't know how true this is. Jackson would have been going to high school in the late 70s and early 80s in Alabama...and not to stereotype anyone, but I don't think that would necessarily be the most nurturing environment for a black quarterback. Not saying this is necessarily true, but there really easily could have been other factors in him never getting a shot at QB.
That said, throwing a football and throwing a baseball are very different tasks. Athletes who can do both at an elite level are quite rare.
This post was edited by inuyesta 19 months ago
Brandon Weeden and Chris Weinke come to mind, although their baseball careers didn't really work out.
Very interesting question. Not sure there's any way to know for sure, but it would have been fun to see.
I'm actually surprised when people debate the best athlete of all time that he isn't brought up more often.
Absolutely, I just think Cam Newtown/Braxton Miller highbred, but better
Bo Jackson was built to be a RB.
He was like a created player in Madden. Fastest player in the league, but also strong enough to destroy LBs.
He was the most physically talented RB ever.
But imagine that build and running ability with the threat to throw the ball. Unfair.
You can imagine anything you want, but the reality is that Jackson was one of the best RBs of all time. Coaches at every level he played at could see that.
Just to throw my opinion in there. I was a Division 1 pitcher and also recruited to play QB for some small MAC level teams. I chose to play Baseball because I was left handed and threw 90+ mph at the time so I thought I had a brighter future in that sport. Anyways, throwing a baseball and throwing a football are entirely different. Throwing a baseball is much more difficult mechanically than throwing a football. I had a great arm in football and really threw a tight ball. Throwing a football is an art as opposed to baseball that IMO is mechanically and muscle memory based. You can teach just about anyone how to throw a baseball and be accurate, but not with a football. Throwing a tight spiral from any arm angle, with good feet or bad feet, and still be accurate is something you cannot teach. It is a feel; a natural release. You can tell in 5 min if a person is a true "artist", if i can say that, of throwing the pigskin. Sorry to ramble on about that, but I was blessed to do both extremely well. Put it this way.....(if the person plays both sports) Most QB's are pitchers but most pitchers are not QB's.
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
Not my fault you're not an athlete.
Yeah ok.. I just don't post about the glory days and how great I was. Al Bundy.
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