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Bo Jackson - Growing Up

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Bo Jackson was born November 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama. He was born Vincent Edward Jackson, the eighth child of Florence Jackson Bond's ten children. His mother was barely able to support her family with her job as a housekeeper, since Jackson's father, A.D. Adams, never wed Florence and in fact had a family of his own on the opposite side of town.

The name Vincent quickly disappeared as Jackson entered adolescence and gained a reputation as a troublemaker. He seemed unable to stay out of trouble, breaking windows, stealing bicycles, and beating up the other kids in the neighborhood. As Jackson wrote in his autobiography, Bo Knows Bo (co-authored with sportswriter Dick Schaap), "I even hired kids to beat up other kids for me [because] I didn't have time to beat all of them up myself." His brothers started calling him a "wild boar," because it was the only animal they felt he compared to. They soon shortened the nickname to "Bo."

Jackson's life as a hoodlum was short-lived, however, when at thirteen he was caught throwing rocks at the Baptist minister's hogs. The boys had killed several of the pigs and the minister made them pay back the loss. Jackson had to take on odd jobs in order to earn his portion of the three thousand dollar loss. His mother, at her

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wit's end and unsure of what to do, was encouraged by the preacher to send Jackson to reform school. Jackson realized that he needed to change his ways or be sent away. He decided to focus his attention on sports.

Athletics proved to be what Jackson needed to stay out of trouble. He proved a natural talent at baseball, but he also had an incredible work ethic that allowed him to surpass his peers. At thirteen years old, he had already moved up to the Industrial League in Bessemer, where he played against grown men.

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almost 6 years ago

I think This is a good story about may life it realy sumaries my Childhood

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almost 3 years ago

i havea biography due and i picked bo jackson cuz he was and prob. still a great athlete . i hope i can find what i need.



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almost 6 years ago

this is a really good bit of info about bo..cuz i am doing a biography on him and i think this will help alot!!

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over 1 year ago

wow! i didnt know he was so bad as a child. good thing he change.

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over 1 year ago

i didnt think bo was so bad as a kid

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over 3 years ago

My son, Robbie, who is 10, wanted to do a report on Bo Jackson because it is his uncle's favorite athlete. His uncle is fighting Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Just reading this info on Bo's childhood is a blessing and a learning experience. Trouble just seems to find him and he is giving me gray hairs minute by minute. Thanks for the helpful info.

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over 6 years ago

I thought this helped a lot because a lot of sites dont talk about bo's childhood

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over 4 years ago

i read the book. not only is he a great athlete he is a great humanbeing and a man with morals.

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over 6 years ago

i think this helps a lot

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10 months ago

terrible

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over 2 years ago

bo jackson is 49

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over 3 years ago

Nicholas, Garrett, and Morgan

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almost 4 years ago

bo who is your 3rd childs name

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over 3 years ago

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over 5 years ago

Hey whats up Bo this is your lil cousin Marcus Jackson from flint Pamela grandson any way i was just wrting you if your to read this to say whats up and i kno you never meet me but when i come down this summer i should meet you and i forget the other summers so umma try...

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almost 6 years ago

i love this article as much as i love you

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over 1 year ago

Ya Boo

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over 3 years ago

WOW thnx this is amazing! This will make my report much easier.

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7 months ago

hi

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over 3 years ago

that was mean

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almost 5 years ago

hay cuz havent seen u since my dads funeral!hope the family is doin good!opening a salon really soon!it would bee nice if you can help out! WITH SOME CONTACTS! RIGHT NOW I WORK IN THE LINCOLNPARK AREA!! STOP BUY& GET A HAIRCUT!!LOL

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almost 6 years ago

It is believed that bo jackson fathers name is
frank Jackson and the article do not explain where he got the name Jackson
from. it said that his mother's name is Bond and father name is Adam.

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over 2 years ago

i really liked it cuz i have to write about him so dis really did help. :) BOO BOO

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about 3 years ago

hey john larry stop talking about my cousin like that. you're just mad because you're a sissy and a punk and you're a homeless gayrod who needs a check you bumsquad.