Auburn football great Bo Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player in 1985, will ride his bicycle 300 miles throughout the state to raise $1 million for tornado relief. The ride was announced on the Auburn University athletic website. Bo also details the endeavor on a website to promote the ride. The money will go to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. Bo had this to say on his website:
The reason for this ride is for state unity and to pay homage to the great Alabamians who lost their lives on April 27th, 2011. I am my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.
The ride will take place this month and will begin in Henagar in DeKalb County and end in Tuscaloosa. The route will take Bo through tornado-damaged regions Lake Guntersville State Park, Arab, Cullman, Jasper, Hueytown, Bessemer and Tuscaloosa. A limited number of spots are available to ride along with him. According to the website, a finish line celebration in Tuscaloosa will also include Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner. Lance Armstrong, a record seven-time winner of the Tour de France – the world’s premiere bicycle race – is also expected to be with Bo when he completes his ride.
It’s great to hear good news coming from a person associated with the athletic world. Bo was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football. He was also a major league baseball star until he was forced to retire much too early because of a football injury. Since that time he has had a great career in business. Bo is a good man and is doing a good thing!
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