Opening day of Major League Baseball is just a few weeks away.

To celebrate, I wanted to write something nostalgic, but not too old.

Something fun, but meaningful.

I thought about former NFL wide-receiver Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson.

Jackson was one of the few athletes to be named an All-Star in two major sports, baseball and football.

Jackson became famous for the “Bo Knows” advertising campaign launched by Nike in 1989.

Back in junior high school, my classmates and I played multi-sports because it was expected of us to sign up for a sport every season. We were multi-sport athletes in high school as well. Experts state that there are several advantages to students being multi-sport athletes. The advantages are: improvement in speed, agility, and power, and experience in competition.

Being a multi-sport athlete also has many disadvantages. Such as:

  • Increased injury
  • Stress
  • Damaged relationships
  • Lack of focus
  • Emphasis on perfectionism and not on enjoying the sport

Many students drop sports altogether, but many others prove themselves to be capable of handling the pressure that comes from being a multi-sport athlete.

After high school and college, on a professional level, it was unheard of to compete in more than one sport. It was tough enough to handle just one.

Bo did what we all dreamed we could do. With agility and finesse, he glided from baseball to football, and then back to baseball.

Here’s to you Bo.

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