Alongside Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson is perhaps the most famous two-sport athlete in the modern era.
On Tuesday Jackson, who played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and in the MLB for the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and California Angels, told CSNchicago.com that Russell Wilson and other two-sport athletes should stick to just one sport in this day and age.
Jackson is at spring training in Arizona as a special ambassador to the White Sox, said he would give the same advice to his son if he wanted to play two sports professionally.
“Twenty-five or 30 years ago when I did it, I’m not trying to say anything negative about other athletes, but the talent pool wasn’t that deep,” he said. “In this day in age, with all the high-tech training, computer-engineered workouts and the proper food and diet, if you try to concentrate on two sports, I guarantee you’re going to ride the bench in both, because the talent is that deep. Stick to whatever sport you’re comfortable with and let everything else go.”
His comments were in response to Wilson spending time with the Texas Rangers this spring after winning the Super Bowl with Seattle, but can also be applied to fellow Alabamian Jameis Winston.
Winston, who is from the same hometown as Jackson (Bessemer, Ala.), is following up his Heisman Trophy season on the gridiron with a second year on the diamond at Florida State.
So far this season Winston has made seven appearances on the mound, recording three saves, striking out 13 while walking just one and posting an ERA of 0.84. At the plate he’s 3-for-15 (.188) with two RBI and a double.
Winston is expected to only miss one spring football practice for the defending national champions. That practice will be Saturday as the top-ranked FSU baseball team travels to Clemson for a three-game series.
“This is the funnest part of my life right now,” Winston said in a Tallahassee Democrat article. “Because I’m busy. And the busier I can get the better it is. I enjoy doing both, going back and forth. Obviously, it’s hard on the body. But it’s fun. I’m young and I’m pretty sure I can make it.”
Only time will tell if Winston should head Jackson’s advice, but for now things are working out well for the two-sport star.