Jackson isn’t the only college player that refused to play for the team that drafted them. Eli Manning and John Elway also famously turned down bad teams who selected them at the draft. But Jackson’s situation is interesting because it was one of football’s long-term dramas. Tampa Bay infamously sabotaged his final season of college baseball so he said he would never play for them.
But the Buccaneers thought that he was bluffing and made him the first overall pick in 1986. Jackson laughed at them and joined the Kansas City Royals where he became an All-Star. Nonetheless, he achieved the rare feat of transitioning to the NFL when he joined the Raiders. Then he earned a Pro Bowl selection as he showed his incredible athletic prowess (via CBS Sports).