Auburn Football Heroes
A list of Auburn’s All American football players.
|Caleb “Tex” Warrington||C||1944||FWAA, WCFF|
|Jimmy Phillips||DE||1957||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Zeke Smith||OG||1958–1959||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Ken Rice||OT||1959–1960||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Tucker Frederickson||RB||1964||FWAA, WCFF|
|Buddy McClinton||DB||1969||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Larry Willingham||DB||1970||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Pat Sullivan||QB||1971||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Terry Beasley||WR||1971||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Ken Bernich||LB||1974||AFCA, WCFF|
|Bob Harris||SS||David King Corner|
|Gregg Carr||LB||1984||AFCA, WCFF|
|Bo Jackson||RB||1983–1985||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Ben Tamburello||C||1986||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Brent Fullwood||RB||1986||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Aundray Bruce||LB||1987||AFCA, WCFF|
|Stacy Searels||OT||1987||AP, TFN|
|Tracy Rocker||DT||1987–1988||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Ed King||OG||1989–1990||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|David Rocker||DT||1990||AFCA, WCFF|
|Wayne Gandy||OT||1993||AP, FWAA, SH|
|Terry Daniel||P||1993||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF|
|Frank Sanders||WR||1994||AP, FWAA, SH|
|Chris Shelling||SS||1994||FWAA, SH|
|Damon Duval||PK||2001||AFCA, WCFF|
|Marcus McNeill||OT||2004–2005||AP, CBS, FWAA, SI, Rivals, CFN|
|Carlos Rogers||CB||2004||AP, FWAA, WCFF|
|Junior Rosegreen||SS||2004||SI, CBS|
|Ben Grubbs||OG||2006||Rivals, ESPN, PFW|
Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is a retired American baseball and football player. He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports, and he won the Heisman Trophy in 1985.
In football, he played running back for the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League. In baseball, he played left field and designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, and the California Angels of the American League in Major League Baseball. While at Auburn University, he won the 1985 Heisman Trophy, the prize annually awarded to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the United States. He also reportedly ran a hand-timed 4.13 40 yard dash, still considered the fastest verifiable 40 time at an NFL Combine. A hip injury severely impaired his professional baseball career, and ended his NFL career.
In 1989 and 1990, Jackson’s name became known beyond just sports fans through the “Bo Knows” advertising campaign, a series of advertisements by Nike, that starred Jackson alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Bo Diddley, promoting a cross-training athletic shoe named for Jackson.
Jackson, the eighth of ten children, was born in Bessemer, Alabama and named after Vince Edwards, his mother’s favorite actor. His family described him as a “wild boar hog,” as he would constantly get into trouble. The nickname was eventually shortened to “Bo.”
Jackson attended McAdory High School, where he rushed for 1,175 yards as a running back as a high school senior. Jackson also hit twenty home runs in twenty-five games for McAdory’s baseball team during his senior season. He was also a two-time state champion in the decathlon.
In June 1982, Jackson was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the MLB draft, but he instead chose to attend Auburn University on a football scholarship.He was recruited by head coach Pat Dye and then Auburn assistant coach Bobby Wallace. At Auburn, he proved to be a tremendous athlete in both baseball and football. He shared the backfield with Quarterback Randy Campbell, Lionel “Little Train” James and Tommie Agee
Jackson batted .401 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI in 1985. In a 1985 baseball game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Foley Field in Athens, Georgia, Jackson led Auburn to victory with a 4-for-5 performance, with three home runs and a double. Jackson launched his last home run that day into a brand new light standard. Jackson was declared ineligible to play in the 1986 baseball season after taking a flight to Florida to undergo a physical examination for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
During his time playing for the Auburn Tigers football team, he ran for 4,303 career yards,which was the fourth best performance in SEC history. Jackson finished his career with an average of 6.6 yards per carry, which set the SEC record (minimum 400 rushes).
In 1982, Jackson’s freshman year, Auburn played Boston College in the Tangerine Bowl, where Jackson made a one-handed grab off an option pitch. Auburn went on to win the game 33-26.
In 1983, as a sophomore, Jackson rushed for 1,213 yards on 158 carries, for an average of 7.7 yards per carry, which was the 2nd best single-season average in SEC history (min. 100 rushes). In the 1983 Auburn-Alabama game, Jackson rushed for 256 yards on 20 rushes (12.8 yards per carry), which at the time was the sixth-most rushing yards gained in a game in SEC history and the 2nd best yard-per-rush average in a game (min. 20 attempts) in SEC history. Auburn finished the season by winning the Sugar Bowl, where Jackson was named Most Valuable Player. In 1984, Jackson’s junior year (most of which Jackson missed due to injury), he earned Most Valuable Player honors at Liberty Bowl.
In 1985, Jackson rushed for 1,786 yards, which was the second best single-season performance in SEC history. That year, he averaged 6.4 yards per rush, which at the time was the best single-season average in SEC history. For his performance in 1985, Jackson was awarded the Heisman Trophy in what was considered the closest margin of victory ever in the history of the award, winning over University of Iowa Quarterback Chuck Long.
Jackson’s football number 34 was officially retired at Auburn in a halftime ceremony on October 31, 1992. His is one of only three numbers retired at Auburn, the others being 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan’s number 7, and Sullivan’s teammate and favorite receiver, Terry Beasley (88). In 2007, Jackson was ranked #8 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players In College Football History list.