Running Back U: The Top 5 All-Time Auburn RBs

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Sep 14, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Bo Jackson looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

1.Bo Jackson

This should come as no surprise seeing that Bo Jackson is regarded as one of the best athletes of our time. He was named the title by ESPN and is the only athlete in to be named an all-star in two separate American sport.

He was an All American, SEC Player of the Year, and a Heisman Trophy winner.

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Maybe the most recognizable Tiger in Auburn history, Jackson finished with 4,303 yards and 43 touchdowns rushing in his career. He holds the top spot in Auburn history with his career rushing yard s and also has the record for his rushing yardage per game average set at 113.2 yards.

At Auburn, Jackson made his stand as our greatest running back with his performance on November 27, 1982 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game is simply remembered as “Bo Over the Top.”

On a fourth down stand to score the game winning touchdown, Bo Jackson went over the top of the line. The Tigers defeated the Alabama legend Paul Bear Bryant 23-22 and went on to serve as one of the most epic games of the rivalries history.

Since his time at Auburn, Jackson has had a successful career in the NFL and the MLB. Though it was cut short to injury, his legacy has lived on to this day.
ESPN has recently released a 30 for 30 special about the star entitled “You Don’t Know Bo.” I would highly recommend this to any fan of sports, especially the Auburn faithful.

Jackson’s football number 34 was officially retired at Auburn in a halftime ceremony on October 31, 1992.

Bo Jackson is at the top of most every Auburn list today and will continue to be throughout history.

Auburn University has the nickname “Running back U” and through present day this still applies. Auburn RBs are powerful, fast, and will be a stronghold for years to come.