With apologies to Deion Sanders and several others who have successfully attempted it, former Auburn running back Bo Jackson is considered by many to be the ultimate crossover athlete.
Jackson seamlessly moved from baseball to football and back again throughout his career, earning a Heisman Trophy at Auburn as well as the No. 1 overall pick and Pro Bowl status during his time in the NFL. All while also pursuing a baseball career that landed him in the MLB All-Star game in 1989.
A 1991 hip injury cut short what could have been a magical two-sport career.
Twenty five years later, UFC and WWE star Brock Lesnar is trying to stake claim to a piece of Bo’s legacy as a crossover athlete.
ESPN recently tweeted an image of Lesnar with a quote attached claiming that he’s “the modern-day Bo Jackson, people.”
That prompted Bo’s daughter, Morgan, to step in on Twitter to say that enough was enough on Monday:
To be fair to Lesnar, he is a tremendous athlete. Don’t let his history as a WWE personality take that away from him.
In addition to his work in Vince McMahon’s ring, he also is a former practice squad member for the Minnesota Vikings and a UFC champion as a mixed-martial artist.
But that’s like comparing apples and oranges when putting his accomplishments up against Jackson’s, so as Morgan said, it might just be best if he would “stop” making the comparison.