It’s so strange to go back to see what people thought when he did it. Because once he did, and once the success that was bound to happen happened — when the Bo we knew became the Bo everyone knew, it just totally turned into a cause for celebration and cartoons and awe and endless endorsements and cultural cachet, and who in the world would have ever questioned BO JACKSON?
But, man, they did. There was just something about that “Football Is a Hobby” line… it was too much for people. Listen to the ‘How Dare You’ in these questions. Listen to Finebaum’s tone. And listen to Bo just being Bo — joking about Iran Contra, leaving weightlifting to the weightlifters, and wishing he could make money off of fishing, too.
There’s some more. But the machine cut off. If you’d like me to try again, feel free to support the cause. Thanks!