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Bo Knows Bo

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  637 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Here is the candid autobiography of the world's most exciting athlete. Bo plays football for the L.A. Raiders and baseball for the Kansas City Royals. He attended Auburn University, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and is now famous for his Nike and AT&T commercials. Co-author Dick Schaap is the author of Instant Replay, which for many year was the bestselling sports b ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Doubleday
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Cbarrett
This is the first multi-hundred page book I ever read. I loved Bo Jackson. I wanted to be him. I collected all his baseball cards. I held a bat over my should like Bo does in the cover. I had the poster. I had most of his posters. I longed for football pads. I bruised my leg failing to break a bat over my leg after being struck out like Bo. I liked Auburn because of Bo. I did not even know where Auburn was. I wanted a flat top like Bo. I yelled War Eagle because that is what Auburn fans did. I d ...more
Dean Deters
Found this at a garage sale for a quarter, and thought it would be interesting. I enjoyed the stories of his childhood, and his trip to the major leagues. It's a bit self serving, but a fun read. My only complaint is that it was written so early in his career, so there is not really a sense of closure, or any information about how his career ended. I'll have to look it up on my own.
Caesar
May 16, 2016 Caesar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a documentary about a man named Vincent Edward Jackson, most of us know him as Bo Jackson. One of the Greatest athletes to have ever played in the MLB and the NFL. Everyone who ever knew Bo had nothing but great things to say about him, all they would talk about is how great of an athlete he was. Bo always had people talking about him. People from Sparky Anderson to Randy Dixon. He started off as a troubled boy living in poverty with his 9 brothers and sisters. He had many problems ...more
She-ra's A' DragQueen
Oct 02, 2012 She-ra's A' DragQueen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, bios
I enjoyed the hell out of this book.

It's a shame that Bo blew out his hip-
he could have been the greatest modern runningback easily.

His storytelling style (or his co-authors?) is much more readable than most sports biographies. I have re-read this book a couple times since.
Joe Smith
Sep 04, 2010 Joe Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-greats
Great Biography of my favorite sports player of all time.
Michael Dargan
Bo Knows Bo by BO Jackson is and autobiography about BO Jackson life . When BO had his first Child it Changed his whole life .He went to collage and played both Football and baseball ,and was the best at both. Bo had teams from all over the world wanting him but Bo's mother wanted him to return to collage and finish his work .Bo played for Memphis ( baseball). Bo's mother was very sick . That was a hard time for him because it was during the season so she was on his mind every second of the day ...more
Michael Sephes
Apr 17, 2015 Michael Sephes rated it really liked it
Bo Knows Bo by Bo Jackson and Dick Schaap is an autobiography of Bo Jackson. Bo Jackson played in the NFL and MLB and he was very good at both sports but injuries ended his playing time. Bo tells you about his humble up brings in Bessemer, Alabama. Also he talks about growing up without his father in his live and Being the Bad Jackson kid. Also talk about how much anger he had as a kid but most of it start to go awhile when he starts playing sports. Bo Played many sports as a kid like track, bas ...more
Tahj Dickerson
Feb 26, 2015 Tahj Dickerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bo Knows Bo is about Bo Jackson's life growing up playing many sports. His biological name is Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson. He was born on November 30,1962 in Bessemer, Alabama. In high school, Bo was a star. He brought in views from the New York Yankees. He played baseball, football, and ran track. He excelled at all those things. Bo went on to attend at Auburn University. He became a football MVP and had won the Sugar Bowl. Also, he was qualified to be on the US Olympic track team. In 1987, Bo ...more
Troyhester
Nov 19, 2014 Troyhester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BO KNOWS BO is a book about Bo who went though all types of things. BO KNOWS BO is about how BO was great in baseball and football but still is human and runs into some problems along the way.

what I liked about this book is how the setting is always changing and it really gets you interested. first he's with the royals on the road playing baseball or he's on the road playing football or back home with his family. what I didn't like about the book is its like two chapters in one chapter witch ma
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Longfellow
May 15, 2014 Longfellow rated it liked it
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I had been a fan of the Royals for almost a decade when they selected Bo Jackson in the 1986 draft. I remember one of my best friends bringing a sports magazine to school shortly after and excitedly showing me Bo on the cover; the feature story speculated that he could be the first 40/40 man in the history of baseball. I remember sitting in the Luge level at Royals Stadium and seeing Jackson drive a home run half-way up the grass just left of dead center field. And I vaguely remember the passive
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Tom Gase
I got this book for a buck at the S.F. Library Fort Mason sale and when I picked it up I was stoaked! I had wanted to read this since it came out in 1990, and it's co-author is Dick Schaap, one of the best writers of all time.

Only problem with this book is a lot has happened to Bo Jackson since 1990. A lot. He should do an updated book. How an injury forced him to stop playing in the NFL. How he had to stop playing baseball but made a remarkable return with the White Sox. I believe he was with t
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Hans Petersen
Dec 16, 2013 Hans Petersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a great athlete from his own perspective. The book Bo knows Bo is an autobiography of Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson who was the First person honored by the hall of fame for 2 sports (Baseball and his "hobby" football). He played for the California Angels, the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals in baseball and for the L.A. Raiders in football. He also won the heisman trophy in 1985. Because of this i think He was the greatest athlete who ever lived.
he made the book cen
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Turron Green
Bo Knows Bo is about the famous running back Bo Jackson. The book starts off by letting the reading know Bo's lifestyle while he was younger. He was a troublesome child who bullied many kids if they bothered him. But Bo loved sports except basketball. He also excelled in every sport he played.

I liked everything about this book. The main reason is because Bo Jackson is one of my favorite athletes. I also like how the dialogue was in the book because he didn't try to use proper language or change
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Rylan Peets
Mar 09, 2015 Rylan Peets rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bo Knows Bo by Dick Schaap and Bo Jackson was truly an amazing piece of writing. These two obviously worked well and hard together to create this masterpiece. Bo Jackson is one of my heros because of his morales and work ethic, and I could not put the book down.
Bo Jackson was a pro athlete that played both football and baseball, and was absolutely stellar at both. After a tragic football game, his career was over. The book starts off with Bo’s child life, and progresses all the way up to his ca
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Zachry
Jan 05, 2015 Zachry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bo Jackson is an amazing athlete with an amazing story. This book inspired me because he was the first person to play baseball and football professionally in the MLB and NFL, it shares the real inside prospective of Bo Jackson life before and after his success and all that challenges he faced .I enjoyed reading because as a basketball player i could related to what he went through on and off the field and court and what to expect in the future."I danced to the beat of my own drums not nobody els ...more
Frederick Frankenstein
Jun 27, 2016 Frederick Frankenstein rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
IF you don't know Bo than get to kno.

This sports memoir tells the emotional childhood story of someone who was chased away by everyone to having everyone chasing after him.

Bo Jackson writes about his impoverished upbringing in Alabama, offering a much better look into American culture than football life. As he opens up with candor about his childhood being treated like a slow-witted, outcast we see what a strong, passionate character he has become.


Bo Jackson is the most impressive athlete I have
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Jamir Mallory
Bo Knows Bo by Bo Jackson is a interesting sports book. This is about Bo Jackson and his life from a kid to the pros. He was a multi-talented athlete. There was nothing that Bo Jackson could not do. From the early childhood struggles all the way to the pros, Bo knew he would be special.

There's a lot of things that I like about the book. His lifestyle was very interesting from beginning to end. The book was only 8 chapters, but in those 8 chapters so much was explained to the reader. There was no
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Drew Anstead
Jun 03, 2014 Drew Anstead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bo knows Bo is a great book I really liked the fact that he took part in this book. I learned a lot about Bo Jackson from my dad, who was a huge fan of him. This book taught me even more. If you like someone who is going to say it how it is. You should read this book. Bo only says it how he thinks of it, he doesn't sugar coat anything. I like that part of the book. I also liked the fact that he makes the book funny. It isn't serious all the time he obviously had fun with writing this you can jus ...more
Seth Brousseau
Sep 21, 2015 Seth Brousseau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but very easy read. I was reading this book mostly for an in depth look into the training routine of this madman from youth to adult but found limited amounts of this. It seems like he received much of his athleticism naturally from his very rambunctious youth of getting in fights, running from bullies, and crab apple fights with other kids. This was a must read book for me but I have to say I wish this was a more thorough look into his life rather than just a top down view.
Douglas
Jan 14, 2010 Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its pretty obvious why I would want to read about one of the greatest two sport pro athletes ever. I still remember his shoes, nike campaigns and the picture on the front of this book.

His biography is pretty entertaining. He was a bully and grew up poor and as one of 10 kids. He injects a lot of his own perspective and thoughts as he progresses throughout his life and career. Its really quite funny.

I learned a lot about him. I'd give this a good recommendation.
James  Ward
I've had this book on my shelf for a bit. I heard a radio interview with Bo a few weeks ago and finally decided to read it. The book is super dated, as it was published while Bo was still playing both football and baseball. It's 210 pages but a super easy read and somewhat enjoyable. A lot of Bo's antidotes and stories are funny and worth reading but some of his writing hurts my brain. Bo is interesting enough to push through, even if he addresses himself in 3rd person.
Phoebe
Pretty sure I read this in high school, when I was reading athlete bios like they were going out of style. However, I can't really remember . . .
Jaquari
Jan 14, 2014 Jaquari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its pretty obvious why I would want to read about one of the greatest two sport pro athletes ever. nike campaigns and the picture on the front of this book. His biography is pretty entertaining. He was a bully and grew up poor and as 8 of 10 kids. He injects a lot of his own perspective and thoughts as he progresses throughout his life and career. Its really funny. I learned a lot about him. I'd give this a good recommendation.
Sam Hammers
Apr 26, 2014 Sam Hammers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this novel very much. Bo Jackson the author of his book Bo knows Bo captured and explained his life very well to his audience. The only dislike that I have on this book is the way he started out his book including unneeded ad-ons to the beginning of the book and just kept at the end. But other then that it was a great book and I would recommend it to all.
Anthonymiller
Sep 12, 2011 Anthonymiller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book involves a professional football player baseball player and a man that was good at any sport by the way i have his autograph in my book he live in kansas but had to move to oakland because he made the cut and was successful until the nfl cooperation found out he did drugs so he went to his baseball career and had a big succes
Brent
Mar 13, 2009 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, even back then, I knew this really wasn't that good of a book. Why did I rate it so high then? Well... this is seriously the first time that I can remember reading about sex in detail. Sure, there was sex ed class, but that was glossed over stuff. Bo Knows Bo was dirrrrty. Funny that I grew up a lot by reading this book.
Josh Sims
Jul 14, 2015 Josh Sims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first 100+ page book i read when i was a kid. He is the greatest athlete of my generation. If you have a child that loves sports and you want to teach him or her what it takes to become a great athlete and the struggles it take to get there then this is the book. It will keep you entertained until the end
Sebastian
May 13, 2008 Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid, I thought this was great. Just thinking about it makes me want to play with the Raiders in Tecmo Bowl and have Bo score 6 touchdowns and run for 700 yards in a game including several 80+ yard runs. I think I was the first person ever to check this out of my library and that probably made it even cooler to me.
Nick Hanson
Aug 22, 2012 Nick Hanson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a kid. I prefered learning about Bo when he was a boy growing up vs him and his family. Dick Schapp was a great sports writer and he wrote an excellent biography of one of the if not the best athlete's of all time. I probably read this book 20 times as a kid.
Dale
Feb 10, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the person Bo Jackson then and probably like him as a person even more now. The book told several stories from various points in his life. Undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes of all time. Still worth a read now even though he's been out of the public eye.
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