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Bo Knows History: Raiders' Jackson trampled Seahawks on 'Monday Night Football' 33 years ago today

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 11/30/2020 Mark Lane
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Bo Jackson posted 221 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in his “Monday Night Football” debut as the Los Angeles Raiders crushed the Seattle Seahawks 34-17 on this date 33 years ago.

Jackson, who was also a member of the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball, was a phenomenal athlete at 6-foot-1, 227 pounds. The former Auburn Tigers multisport star possessed a perfect combination of power and speed.

Jackson started his NFL career in Week 7 of the 1987 season, after the MLB season’s conclusion, and the Raiders lost his first four games. Jackson had yet to record 100 yards rushing, and he was carrying fewer than 15 times per game entering the “MNF” contest in Seattle.

Jackson didn’t get going against the Seahawks until the second quarter amid a 7-7 game at the Kingdome. In the second quarter, Jackson caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marc Wilson to extend Los Angeles’ lead 14-7.

One of the most iconic moments of Jackson’s NFL career also occurred in the second quarter, when the former Heisman Trophy winner sprinted 91 yards for a touchdown, and continued his gallop all the way down a tunnel at the Kingdome.

The second quarter was the turning point in the game, as kicker Chris Bahr added three field goals to build a 27-7 Raiders lead at the break.

However, Jackson wasn’t done putting his stamp on the Seahawks or introducing himself to the NFL.

On a goal-to-go from the 2-yard line in the third quarter, Jackson bulldozed rookie linebacker Brian Bosworth and carried him into the end zone for his third score of the night.

Bahr added another field goal, and Seahawks quarterback Dave Kreig completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Tice to set the game’s 34-17 final score.

Jackson rushed 18 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns, plus the 14-yard touchdown reception. Not a bad way for to celebrate his 25th birthday.

Jackson’s career was cut short by a hip injury suffered in the 1990 playoffs, the Kingdome was demolished in 2000, and the Raiders now play in Las Vegas.

Yet few will forget what Jackson did to the Seahawks on “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 30, 1987.

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