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ESPN 30 for 30 You Don't Know Bo: Film Will Show off One of Best Athletes Ever

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 4:  Former Auburn Tigers player Bo Jackson looks into the crowd during the 2010 SEC Championship against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012

Bo Jackson is one of the best athletes of all time, and ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary "You Don't Know Bo" will showcase that on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Two-sport athletes don't exist anymore. Even if they do, none of them reach the level that Jackson did. He was a Pro Bowl running back and a Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year.

Saturday night's film will showcase how Jackson came to be. According to Alabama.com, "Jackson's emergence from an impoverished childhood in Bessemer to multi-sport superstardom is the stuff of legends, and that's exactly how filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio portrays Jackson's early life."

As the site mentions, the story could remind you of previous ESPN stories, like that on Marcus Dupree.

Jackson didn't come from a lot, but his story showed the triumph of human spirit if the talent is there.

The film also goes into Jackson's recruitment. It shows the battle that in-state rivals Auburn and Alabama had to recruit him, which should ring true with today's college football fans as well. Recruiting battles are no different today than they used to be.

Saturday night's film is going to be interesting, but focus on one thing if possible: Jackson is one of the best athletes of all time. If he had focused on either football or baseball, he could have been an All-Star talent in both.

He's a unique specimen. At 6'1'' and around 230 pounds, he had the prototypical build for an NFL running back. He also had the build to be an excellent power hitter and defensive outfielder—both of which he wound up being.

ESPN's 30 for 30 films are almost always good, but this is one that people need to pay attention to. Two-sport athletes are pretty much a dead breed, and Jackson will always be the prime example of what they're supposed to be.

It's always a good idea to watch these documentaries, but Jackson is a once-in-a-lifetime talent. It's time for people to learn about him and how good he really was.

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