Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.— Bo Jackson
The most authentic Bo Jackson quotes to get the best of your day
If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn't the same as the one I was wearing, I'd run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother.
Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there.
Back before I injured my hip, I thought going to the gym was for wimps.
I would say my greatest achievement in life right now - my greatest achievement period is - and I'm still trying to achieve it - is to be a wonderful father to my kids.
I struck out with two men on base. I was so angry, so frustrated, I turned and without even thinking about it, snapped my bat over my thigh. The bat split right in half. Afterward, reporters asked me if it was the first time I'd ever broken a bat over my thigh. "I broke an aluminum bat over my knee in college," I said. (I was just kidding).
I taught myself how to pole vault in one day.
The next day I entered a meet to pole vault and won it all for the state of Alabama.
My workout was running down fly balls, stealing a base, or running for my life on the football field.
Don't put off until tomorrow the loving words you can say today.
The only people I know getting in high places by running their mouth are politicians.
Don't sell yourself short because without that you can't go far in life because after sports the only thing you know is sports and you can't do anything else with that.
If I miss anything about the sport, it's the camaraderie of old teammates.
I am a firm believer in if you can't get it the old fashioned way, you don't need it.
I grew up in a tough neighborhood where a lot of kids were older than me.
The older kids decided to pick me on me starting when I was about 6 and it didn't take me long to take a stand for myself.
It occurred to me in my junior year of high school.
I got my first letter from a big college. I still have that letter to this day - a letter from Indiana.
I'll never worry about not being successful.
I'll just take it one day at a time, one season at a time. And play as hard as I can.
But now in this day and age, people are more prone to go out to try new things to enhance their performance on the field - to enhance their physical appearance.
I have no problem with my hips - I can still do the things that I used to do.
I can run, I'm just not the fastest person on the field anymore.
Football is easy if you're crazy as hell.
I guarantee you that's what Jeff Gordon does.
He uses everything the fans throw at him to stoke his fire and it drives him to be better at what he does.
You practice Monday through Friday in college, or Monday through Saturday in the pro's - and then you just go out and knock somebody's head off.
I was always active - I went from baseball to football. I didn't have time to work out.
My favorite driver is always either the bad guy or the underdog.
If you have four years to complete your college education, do it.
I hate to blow my own horn, but I gave a lot of people fits.
But now, I get up every morning and go to the gym because I don't like waking up stiff or in pain and wondering if my hip is going to hurt me.
I was always an Alabama fan growing up, but when the Alabama recruiter told me I would probably not be able to play until the end of my sophomore year, or the beginning of my junior year.
You have a lot of people on the run and really don't have time to sit down and eat a balanced meal.
My sophomore year I placed 2nd, and my junior and senior year - I got smart and piled up enough points between myself and second place where I didn't have to run the mile.
I have always been an avid bike rider.
Even before I became an avid bike rider, I was an avid bike stealer when I was a kid. I am very educated on bikes.
The way strength and conditioning has helped me now is that I make it a point to go to the gym everyday if I can.
Really, it's not harder to train for them because once baseball starts you play everyday almost.
I was the type of guy that used to get up in the morning and go out and just out run everybody on the field without stretching or warming up or anything.
I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college.
So, I got a lot of recruitment letters from track.
I love going out and doing new things.
I was always the fastest and strongest kid in my school so events like the 100 meter and discus throwing attracted me. I could throw the discus for great distance s without the proper spin and throw technique.
I am my own person. What I'm doing, I'm happy with it. I'm doing what I want to.
As a 9th grader, I competed with the high school kids and out of 600 people, I finished 10th.
I also tell them that your education can take you way farther than a football, baseball, track, or basketball will - that's just the bottom line.
Don't plan to repent at the 11th hour - you may die at 10:30.
It is better to give a lick than receive one.
The only thing I would change is during the summer - when I was working my summer job, if I was smart, I would have taken flying lessons at Auburn.
By doing that and being very competitive, the grown-ups started telling me even back before I started playing organized ball that I was too physical and too advanced for the kids my own age.
I took a lot of things for granted - especially how I treated my body.
Just let me do what I'm doing, and then when all of this is up, then you can say how my career was. Don't try to sum up my career in one or two seasons. Let me finish it first.
Whenever I wasn't watching the planes, I was playing community baseball, football, or something like that.
So, baseball is probably more physical of the two mentally.
I always wanted to be a pilot.
Baseball and football are very different games.
In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy - and a little more patient.