Former professional NFL player Bo Jackson helped pay for the funerals of the 19 children and two teachers killed in May’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Jackson said he was one of previously unnamed donors to help cover the costs of victims’ families after the tragic incident that rocked the nation.
“I know all the families out there are probably working really hard just to do what they do. The last thing they needed was to shell out thousands of dollars for something that should never have happened. .”
The incident took place on May 24, 2022. Jackson, who said he feels a personal connection to the town of Uvalde, flew to the scene three days later with his friend. They met with Governor Greg Abbott and presented a check for $170,000 with the offer to cover all funeral expenses. At a press conference, Abbott later announced it as an anonymous donation.
Speaking of his attachment to the city, Jackson said:
“Uvalde is a town that sticks in your mind. Just the name. I don’t know anyone there. It just touched me.”
Vincent ‘Bo’ Jackson, 59, is one of the few players to make a name for himself in both the NFL and MLB. The No. 1 pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, Jackson played three seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders (now the Las Vegas Raiders) as a running back. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1990.
He was forced into an early retirement after suffering a hip injury in a playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January 1991. He played in 38 games, rushed for 2,782 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.
During the same period, he played baseball for the Kansas City Royals, earning an All-Star nod in 1989. He is the only professional athlete to earn an All-Star nod in football and baseball.
Despite his NFL career ending in 1991, he continued to play in MLB until it was put on hiatus due to recurring injuries in 1994. He played two seasons with the Chicago White Sox and a with the California Angels (now Los Angeles Angels).
He finished his MLB career with a career batting average of .250, recording 141 home runs and 415 RBIs.
Bo Jackson’s net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bo Jackson’s net worth is estimated to be around $25 million. Bo reportedly earned around $6.8 million from his time in MLB and around $6.1 million from playing in the NFL.
His main source of income, however, was his sponsorship deals with companies like Nike, Gatorade, Pepsi and AT&T. At the height of his powers in 1989 and 1990, Nike launched an advertising campaign highlighting Bo’s talent in several sports called Bo Knows.
The campaign, which was a huge success for the sports brand, saw the 59-year-old try his hand at various sports like tennis, golf, horse racing, ice hockey and more.
According to the publication, Bo still receives close to $1 million a year from Nike.
What is Bo Jackson doing now?
Since retiring in 1994, Jackson has been involved in several business ventures. He is part of a group of investors who own the Burr Ridge Bank and Trust in Burr Ridge, Illinois. He also co-owns the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex, an 88,000 square foot multi-sport dome facility in Illinois, alongside John Cangelosi.
Since November 2021, Jackson has been working on his new venture, Promise Nutraceuticals, which offers a line of CBD (cannabinoid) products called “Hero Brand CBD.”
Besides his business ventures, the former NFL and MLB star is known for his philanthropic activities in his home state of Alabama, where his fundraiser, ‘Bo Bikes Bama’, raised money for help the victims of the tornado. The fundraising campaign raised over $1 million.