Bo Jackson thinks he’d be utterly dominant in today’s NFL.
While appearing on Deion Sanders’ podcast, Jackson said he thinks if he were playing in 2020, he’d be averaging 350 or 400 yards a game.
“Nobody wrap up and tackle no more,” Jackson said. “With me being a ball carrier, my coach taught us, number one, he said, ‘I know you can run, but I’m gonna teach you how to carry that football.’ He said, ‘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.”
Jackson averaged 73.2 yards per game in his 38-game NFL career.