AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Two years ago when Bo Jackson had trouble with his bicycle at an event, the Auburn Police Department stepped in to help, and that made a lasting impression.
"I noticed that their bikes were a little worn but they worked, and I just said something to one of the officers nonchalantly that I was going to try to get the Auburn motorcycle division some new bikes," said the former two-sport professional athlete.
The Alabama native and former Auburn University athlete donated four new motorcycles to the department.
"These motorcycles have twice the amount of horsepower so they can get up and go whenever they want to, and I think just to see the look on the officers' faces that are riding them, Christmas came early for them this year," said Jackson.
Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said that this gift is unexpected, but will be a big help to the department.
"We do a lot of things around the community that uses the motorcycles, so the timing is great because we were about to take two of our older motors out of service. So, now we'll be able to replace those with brand new ones and even increase the size of the fleet, so we are very appreciative of that," said Register.
The new additions increase the department's motorcycle fleet to six.