BOISE — The Boise State football team received quite the surprise during a team meeting Monday when former two-sport star Bo Jackson showed up to speak.
Jackson, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the only athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both the NFL and Major League Baseball, was in town for a meeting with Albertsons executives for his line of food products, Bo Jackson Signature Foods.
It was arranged for him to speak with the team, but players didn’t find out until he was introduced and walked into the room.
“Any time you have an athlete as dominant as Bo Jackson, it was an awesome opportunity to hear his story,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “Bo was gracious enough to spend some time with our team and coaches today talking about football, school and life, and the decisions you make along the way to set yourself up to be successful in each.”
Jackson appeared at a dinner Monday night with the Albertsons corporate team on Boise State’s campus. He’s hoping to partner with Albertsons on his new line of products that includes burgers, seafood, beef, steaks and tailgating packages.
Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy while at Auburn and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He didn’t sign with Tampa Bay and instead entered the draft the following year. He played four years with the Raiders and was named to the 1980 Pro Bowl until injuries forced him to focus on baseball.
He also played eight years in the Major Leagues from 1986 to 1994 and slugged 141 home runs. He was named to the 1989 All-Star team. Jackson originally was a second-round pick by the Yankees out of high school before deciding to go to Auburn.
Jackson met with Harsin in his office privately before speaking with the team and was at the Beymaier Football Center for about 90 minutes, according to information provided by Boise State.
“He had our guys on the edge of their seat,” Harsin said. “The name Bo Jackson carries a tremendous amount of influence.”