Former American football and baseball icon Bo Jackson asserts there is a major absence of proper tackling in modern-day NFL, as well as current MLB stars lacking the basics of the game.
Bo Jackson is the only All-Star in both baseball and football and is revered as one of the greatest athletes of all time. He played 38 games for Los Angeles Raiders across four partial seasons and made his MLB debut as an outfielder cum designated hitter with Kansas City Royals in 1986.
A former Running back, Bo Jackson made a special appearance in the “21st & Prime” podcast episode 11, titled ‘Bo Knows’ hosted by Deion Sanders on Monday, where he spoke about the current NFL scenario and stated that the players don’t ‘wrap up and tackle’ like before and claims he himself would have been covering some major yards if he was a current player.
Bo Jackson believes he would have averaged 350-400 yards in current NFL games
“Nobody wrap up and tackle no more,” Bo said in the podcast, followed by revealing the technique his coach had taught him for being the carrier, which was, treating the ball like a newborn baby.
“With me being a ball carrier, my coach taught us, number one, he said,” the 57-year-old went on, “I know you can run, but I’m gonna teach you how to carry that football, that football is like your newborn baby, don’t ever put it on the ground. And keep it away from the enemy.’”
“It’s like this – and I watch technique – I don’t see nobody hitting or wrapping up. Everybody’s running into each other and trying to use their shoulder pads to knock the ball carrier down. And I’m like, if I played during this era, man, I’d be averaging 350-400 yards a game … because nobody wraps up anymore. They run into each other with their pads,” added Bo.
Nobody is doing the basics: Bo Jackson hits out at current MLB players as well
Turning to the topic of baseball, Bo said the present-day MLB players are only focused in swinging the bat for the fence.
He continued, “When was the last time you watched a baseball game and saw a baseball game to where everybody is doing the basics? When was the last time you saw a hit-and-run? Everybody is swinging for the fence now. You either hit it out the park or strikeout.”
“Nobody practices base stealing, nobody practices hit-and-runs, hitting the cutoff man and so forth and so on and in football, I’ll say the same thing. Nobody wraps up and tackles no more…If I played during this era I’d probably be averaging 350-400 yards a game,” Bo acknowledged.