FOXBORO, Mass. — And suddenly there was Bo.
Bo Jackson, the famous Raider and Royal backup, made his pro football debut Sunday. It was brief (8 carries, 37 yards, 1 six-yard reception).
You bet your crowded backfield, he was.
His first carry went for 14 yards, in which the fledgling showed enough explosion to hurtle his 230 pounds through a little hole off left tackle, and enough strength to transport strong safety Roland James for the last few yards. If Jackson never busted loose, he was on the verge several times.
What did he think of that first run?
"I just went back to the huddle for the next play," he said later.
Well, what had he thought during the play?
"Hang on to the freaking ball."
Ever the great star, Jackson took 33 minutes, by actual count, to get back to his locker, by which time the rest of the dressing room had emptied and perhaps 50 press people were dug in to talk to him. Jackson was typically low-key.