There’s a sports Hall of Fame void, a forsaken sanctity, a hallowed hollowness.
Every time I visit a Hall of Fame – recently making my annual pilgrimage to Canton for induction weekend and taking an overnight trip to Cooperstown – I’m reminded of an injustice.
Bo Jackson, the greatest all-around athlete since Jim Thorpe, is not in a pro sports Hall of Fame.
Jackson is an immortal, yet he doesn’t merit induction at Canton or Cooperstown. While he was a Pro Bowler and MLB All-Star, his greatness was condensed into four spectacular seasons because of a freak hip injury. So one of the greatest pro athletes isn’t in a pro Hall.
I guess someone will have to launch the Multisport Hall of Fame. My inaugural class: Jackson, Thorpe, Deion Sanders, Jim Brown, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Gene Conley and Lionel Conacher.
Bo was briefly bigger than every sport. He shouldn’t be too small to be in a Hall.