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Published: April 5, 2012 at 03:12 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2013 at 04:09 p.m.

Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson: Gridiron Diamonds

We are at the all-star break of the Major League baseball season. Here’s a look at the careers of two of the greatest gridiron diamonds of all time, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.

18 Photos Total

  • Down to Memphis 18

    Al Behrman/Associated Press

    Down to Memphis

    Bo Jackson was drafted by the Buccaneers with the No. 1 overall pick in 1986, but he surprised the sports world when he signed a deal with the Royals. His first stop was with the Memphis Chicks.

  • Defense 17

    Associated Press


    Jackson was known for his strikeouts and his monstrous homeruns, but he also was a pretty good fielder. Here he robs Jack Clark of a home run.

  • Green Monster 16

    Associated Press

    Green Monster

    And here we have Jackson disappearing into the Green Monster during a game in Boston.

  • Power 15

    Associated Press


    Jackson's raw power was something few previously had shown on a baseball field. One of his most impressive displays was not a tape-measure home run, however, it was when he broke a bat over his knee after striking out.

  • All-Star Game 14

    Leonard Ignelzi/Associated Press

    All-Star Game

    Jackson's best season came in 1989 when he hit .256 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs. The highlight was his crushing home run in the All-Star game at Anaheim Stadium.

  • All-Star Game MVP 13

    Reed Saxon/Associated Press

    All-Star Game MVP

    Jackson shined at the plate and in the field for the American League, and he was selected as the MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game.

  • White Sox 12

    Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

    White Sox

    After Jackson's football career was cut short by a hip injury, injuries also limited him on the baseball field. He did manage to have a great season in 1993 and was selected as the American League Comeback Player of the Year.

  • The Brawl 11

    Eric Gay/Associated Press

    The Brawl

    And during his tenure with the White Sox, Jackson found himself trying to separate bodies during one of the most infamous brawls in baseball history when Robin Ventura charged the mound occupied by the legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan.

  • Thriller 10

    Kevork Djansezian/Associated Pre


    Jackson was one of those athletes who transcended sports, here he pals around with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

  • The Finale 9

    California Angels

    The Finale

    Jackson's final season was with the California Angels in 1994. Jackson played in 75 games and hit .279 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs.

  • New York Yankees 8

    Ron Frehm/Associated Press

    New York Yankees

    Deion Sanders was drafted by the Royals in the sixth round of the 1985 MLB Draft, but he didn't sign with Kansas City, instead going to school at Florida State. Sanders was eventually drafted by the Yankees, and he made his debut with the club in 1989.

  • First-ever 7

    Charles Kelly/Associated Press


    Deion Sanders became the first person in history to hit a home run and score a touchdown in the same week, when he did it as a member of the Yankees and the Falcons.

  • Defense 6

    Ron Frehm/Associated Press


    Sanders, noted for his defensive skills on the gridiron, also covered a lot of ground in the outfield, too. Although the ball gets away from him here ...

  • Atlanta 5

    Richard Drew/Associated Press


    Sanders played two seasons with the Yankees, but made his life a little bit easier when he joined the Atlanta Braves in 1991.

  • 1992 Playoffs 4

    Chaz Pall/Associated Press

    1992 Playoffs

    Sanders was able to play with the Braves during the 1992 playoffs, and he famously played a game with the Falcons in Miami during the day, before he boarded a jet for Pittsburgh immediately thereafter. Sanders then took a helicopter from the airport to a building nearby Three Rivers Stadium.

  • Bench jockey 3

    John Swart/Associated Press

    Bench jockey

    Sanders didn't get into the game against the Pirates, although he did help out teammate Terry Pendleton with a back rub.

  • 1992 World Series 2

    Curtis Compton/Associated Press

    1992 World Series

    Sanders did have an incredible World Series against the Blue Jays, batting .533 with four runs, eight hits, two doubles, and one RBI, while playing with a broken bone in his foot. Sanders' effort was for naught, however, as Toronto took the title.

  • The Finale 1

    Mike Poche/Associated Press

    The Finale

    Sanders' final years included stops in Cincinnati (1994 to 95 and 1997) and San Francisco (1995). He retired from baseball, but then gave it one last chance when he returned to the Reds in 2001. He was sent down to AAA-Syracuse that season and was forced to show up to Redskins training camp because he was not on the team's Major League roster.

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