11. Bo Jackson:
There’s probably not a more famous two-sport professional athlete than Bo Jackson. The dominant, Heisman-winning running back from the University of Auburn was the first overall pick of the 1985 NFL draft. But he was also a slugging outfielder in Major League Baseball who made the 1989 All-Star team.
Most feel his true dominance was on the gridiron. Despite playing part-time for only four seasons due to his baseball career and injuries, Jackson’s talent in football was undeniable. He played only 38 games in the NFL, yet racked up 2,782 yards with a 5.4 yard-per-carry average and 16 touchdowns. In his final game during the 1990 season, he dislocated his hip and allegedly ruptured blood vessels popping it back into the socket. He never played another down of NFL football. Jackson’s baseball career lasting significantly longer. He played eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels.
Ultimately, he was never the same as he was before the hip injury. Jackson was one of the most talented all-around athletes professional sports had ever seen. It’s a shame that injury sapped him of so much of his effectiveness before he could fulfill his ultra-promising career.