During the late 1980′s, one of the most unique athletes in sports history captured the American public’s imagination with one simple phrase:
Bo Jackson was a Heisman Trophy winning running back for Auburn University. He was the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft the following year. That’s when he decided he’d rather play baseball. While working his way through the Kansas City Royals farm system, the Oakland Raiders came to him with an intriguing proposal. Why not play both?
Other athletes have played both Major League Baseball and NFL football before and after Bo Jackson. But none have done it as well. Bo was the MLB All-Star Game MVP in 1989. In 1990, he was the starting running back in the Pro Bowl. In 1987, weeks after beginning his “offseason job” with the Raiders, he rushed for 221 yards on Monday Night Football.
Ladies and gentlemen, we may be witnessing the second coming of Bo Jackson. And best of all, the athlete is right here in Pittsburgh. Perhaps you’ve heard of him.
Hear me out. On February 1st, Big Ben lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to their unprecedented sixth Lombardi Trophy. It was the second world championship in only 5 seasons under Ben’s leadership.
Since then, he took part in teammate Hines Ward‘s Charity Softball Game. Big Ben walloped three home runs to pace his team to victory. If the miserable Pittsburgh Pirates want to truly escape from their 16 year funk, they should sign Roethlisberger up immediately.
Not satisfied with mastery of the diamond, Ben then set his sights on the links. He took part in the Celebrity U.S. Open Challenge at Bethpage Black. He was placed in a threesome with Justin Timberlake, an avid golfer, and Michael Jordan, another world class athlete who was once rumored to have a desire to play on the PGA tour.
So what did Ben do? He shot an 81 and beat Jordan by five strokes. Even Pittsburgh native Rocco Mediate, who served as Ben’s caddy for the event, was impressed by his display of sharpshooting accuracy. The scary part is Ben admitted he only plays a couple times a year. Sure he may have picked up a pointer of two from dating sexy golf vixen Natalie Gulbis but still… If he put his mind to it, there is no doubt the name “Ben Roethlisberger” would be occupying the the space above Tiger Woods on the leader board in no time.
Hopefully the time for Ben to move on to conquering other sports won’t be for many many more years to come. He’s still in the business of winning Super Bowls for our beloved Black and Gold. And something tells me they’ll be a few more rings on his fingers before all is said and done.
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