Bo Jackson prepares for 4th annual Bo Bikes Bama event

Bo Jackson prepares for 4th annual Bo Bikes Bama event
(Source: WSFA 12)
(Source: WSFA 12)

ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - Bo Jackson still has the look and build of an NFL running back. The 'Bo Knows' commercials in the '80s reminded us he was that rare athlete blessed with grace and power.

But on Wednesday, even Jackson admitted he's no match for nature's fury.

"You can't fight mother nature, but you can get out of the way," Jackson said.

Jackson is in Alabama gearing up for his fourth annual Bo Bikes Bama ride across the state.

At Lake Martin in Alex City, the former Auburn and NFL star toured a newly built storm shelter with Governor Robert Bentley. The building was crushed by a tornado in 2011.

Jackson's annual bike campaign has raised $1 million. Much of the money has helped rebuild homes damaged by the outbreak of tornadoes 4-years-ago.
"And it's been directly related to what Bo has done," said Bentley.
"I felt I needed to do something," Jackson said.
The community storm shelter that Jackson and the governor toured can hold up to 200 people and Bo Jackson played a big part in getting it built. In fact, Jackson's efforts have helped construct nearly 60 community storm shelters since 2011.
"We are four years out and the money is still pouring in," said Serve Alabama spokeswoman Ashley Whittle Tiedt.
Bo Jackson didn't arrive to the tour and the news conference at Lake Martin on a bike. He's saving it all for the weekend with no plans of slowing down his yearly tour anytime soon.
"If I get too heavy then I'll ride my motorcycle," Jackson said with a laugh. "I don't see this ending anytime soon."
Some of the big names riding with Jackson this weekend include Auburn head coach Gus Malzhan, professional cyclist Tommy Mulkey and former Seattle Seahawks Brian Bosworth who Jackson promptly ran over during a hyped-up game on Monday night years ago.
Meantime, it begins Saturday morning where it all started more than 30 years for Bo Jackson, down on the Plains of Auburn.

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