Former college baseball players Bo Jackson and Joe Girardi are among six former student-athletes who will receive the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award. The honor recognizes distinguished individuals 25 years after the conclusion of their college careers.
While at Auburn University, Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy. He ran for 1,786 yards that season, which at the time was the second-best single-season rushing performance in SEC history. Jackson also batted .401 with 17 home runs and 43 RBIs during the 1985 baseball season for the Tigers. Jackson went on to star for the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Royals, becoming the first player to be named an All-Star in both sports. A hip injury suffered on the gridiron ended his career prematurely.
Girardi was a two-time All-Big Ten selection on the baseball diamond during his career at Northwestern University. He was a third-team ABCA All-American in 1985 and was also a three-time Academic All-American before graduating in 1986. Girardi went on to a 15-year MLB career with five teams. He was named the 2006 National League Manager of the Year in his only season leading the Florida Marlins. Girardi also managed the New York Yankees to the 2009 World Series Championship.
The four other Silver Anniversary honorees are Lisa Caputo, Teresa Edwards, Tim Green, and Scott Verplank.
The six will be recognized at the NCAA Convention on January 14 in San Antonio, TX.