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Bo Knows Jesus: Watch Bo Jackson present the Gospel in this rare video from the 1985 Heisman Dinner Gala

"He spread His arms this wide and He died."
The Gospel according to Bo: “He spread His arms this wide and He died.”

Tons of athletes thank God when they’re accepting awards in front of people. Some even get specific and thank Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior. But in this rare video of the his great speech at the Heisman Dinner Gala, there’s 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson wrapping up by straight up witnessing.

“I’d like to end my speech by giving thanks to the Lord because, just like I said and I’ll continue to say, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for Him,” Jackson said, without any trace of the stutter that had plagued him for most of his college career.

“I was in a teammate’s room the Thursday before the Alabama game and we were sitting there talking, and I couldn’t sleep and it was about, I’d say, 1:30 or 2:oo. And were sitting there in the room and I noticed on his counter there was this little plaque. And on that plaque it said ‘I asked the Lord how much do he love me.’  And it said ‘He spread his arms this wide and He died.’ And I believe that from the bottom of my heart and I hope that you all feel the same way. Thank you, and I love you.”

Amen, Bo. Love you, too.

Here’s Bo actually being announced as the Heisman winner.

Related: The Bo Jackson of Bo Jackson museums.

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