He is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was named the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN.
While at Auburn University, Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy, annually awarded to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the United States.
In football, Jackson played running back for the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League. In baseball, he played left field and was a designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Anaheim Angels of the American League in Major League Baseball. He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.12 seconds (hand-timed), which is still the fastest verifiable 40-yard dash time ever recorded at any NFL Combine. A hip injury in January 1991 ended his football career and severely impaired his professional baseball career.
All-Star selection (1989)
1989 MLB All-Star Game MVP
1993 AL Comeback Player of the Year
1993 Tony Conigliaro Award
Led the American League in Power-Speed (1989)
2x Led the American League in Assists by a Left Fielder (1988, 1989)