Bo Jackson is often considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time. Yet, had he been born in a different era, it may have happened differently.
“If I knew back then what I know now, I would have never played football. Never," Jackson said, via USA Today Sports. "I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody.
“The game has gotten so violent, so rough. We’re so much more educated on this CTE stuff (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.
“Even though I love the sport, I’d smack them in the mouth if they said they wanted to play football.
“I’d tell them, “Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.’ ’’
Jackson's honest comments came with knowledge that many former NFL players are suffering from lingering head issues. Doctors are taking active steps into learning more about CTE, but according to a Washington Post article in 2016, 40 percent of former NFL players suffer from the brain injury.
If Jackson lived in an era where head injuries were as pronounced as they are now, the two-sport star would have never won the Heisman Trophy, and he wouldn't have dazzled fans in the NFL.
Jackson, 54, may have become one of the greatest baseball players of all time had it been his only sport.