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It has been over 30 years now, and Bo Jackson is still not happy with the Bucs former owner, the late Hugh Culverhouse.
In a recent USA Today article Jackson recalled his reason for not signing with the Bucs, who made him the overall No. 1 draft pick in 1986.
“Their people said they were looking out for me, and checked with the NCAA that it was OK for me to go on their plane for that physical,’’ Jackson said, “But nobody checked it out. Well, I put two and two together, and figured it out. They knew I was a first-round pick in football, but they wanted to get me away from baseball, so they got me ruled ineligible. I’m 100percent convinced of that. They thought that would make me forget baseball.
“I told myself, ‘All right, if you screw me, I’m going to screw you twice as hard.’ If anybody else had drafted me, I would have gone, but I wasn’t going to play for that man.”
I spoke to Hugh Culverhouse Jr. a few years back for a story on Jackson, and while he was critical of his father, he doesn’t believe their was any sinister plan by the owner and organization.
“We tried to convince the NCAA we had spoken to someone and if it was a mistake, it was clearly an honest mistake. The fact of the matter is, Dad didn’t know the rules. Dad was a businessman. He didn’t even know a lot about the game of football altogether. To say Dad was plotting to get Bo ineligible is ludicrous. He would have done anything to get Bo on the team. He genuinely wanted Bo.
“Bo needs to look at himself. Effectively what Bo is saying is, ‘I am stupid.’ I let this NFL team and an organization take advantage of me. Well (I would say) ‘Bo you already had an agent. You already had advisers. You already had Auburn University who could have told you, Bo, no. So don’t come out of here playing stupid and accusing my Dad of doing something first.’ It would have been the last thing he would ever do.
“The one thing I can tell you is, dad loved Bo. It was a mistake to draft him. But Dad loved Bo.”
Regardless if Jackson or Culverhouse’s story is the truth about the attempt to have Jackson ineligible to continue his collegiate baseball career, the decision to select Jackson, who made it clear prior to the draft that he would never play in Tampa Bay, was a move that set the organization back for years.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay I’ll be nice to Junior and just say we all were bitter about the Bo Jackson situation. I blame it on the Owner unless JR wants to admit that the Buccanneers had the dumbest management and administration people in the history of the NFL. That owner was no fan of mine. Some of us old timer’s remember that owner and have nothing kind to say about him.
Horse, sorry I won’t be nice to Jr.. The nut does not fall far from the tree. Daddy was a shady business man and so is…
Well you get it.
And yes that is still the worst draft pick the BUCS ever made.
I was a banker that was on the loan committee that gave him a loan. I saw his financials and he was rich. I personally did not like him at all. I think his pecunious ways distroyed the franchise, especially the Doug Williams situation.
Fantastic word 76 Buc.
Hugh Culverhouse was the worst owner in NFL history.
No he wasn’t, Donald Trump was.
I’m sorry got my leagues mixed up there. I take that back.
I remember it well when the Bucs ignored Bo’s warning. Unlike when John Elway alerted the Baltimore Colts who traded his rights to the Denver Broncos and to a lesser degree when Eli Manning said he wouldn’t play in San Diego so they swapped players with the Giants on Draft day; the Bucs took what could have been a windfall of Draft picks for Jackson’s rights and flushed them away. Our spot as league Laughing Stock was secured for another decade. Back then I wished we just weren’t the worst team.
I loved it when Joy Culverhouse, who upon learning of Hugh’s affair after he died, wanted to “dig him up and shoot him”
John McKay knew Hugh C. Was not going to pay players or bring in high price players to compete. Hugh let Doug Williams walk also.
When Ritch Mckay was offered the GM job John told him not to take it.
CULVERHOUSE even tried to( for lack of a better word) screw his WIFE out of money after he passed
The old saying, “… the sound of one hand clapping” would exceed the sound of old time Tampa Bay are residents clapping for anything that Hugh Culverhouse did after winning the Buccaneers franchise. He was popular with the NFL owners because he made them a lot of money coming up with contractual processes and such that generally screwed the players and the fans.
He also treated his wife very badly, which of itself isn’t extraordinary, but that he did it so publicly and humiliatingly, it was cringeworthy.
I don’t know why previous post stopped:
What I was trying to say is Hugh Culverhouse only loved HIMSELF AND MONEY….
Damn. I think Bo should get over it. We were all pissed off back then THIRTY YEARS AGO! Culverhouse is DEAD! In the GROUND! His brittle bones have probably turned to DUST!
And Bo never played a single down here and was the WORST first round pick in Buccaneer history. THIRTY YEARS AGO!
Now Bo says he’s never have played football had he known that running 100 miles an hour into 220 lb linebackers doing 90 miles an hour MIGHT be bad for his health, his head specifically. Fine. Personally I think he misses the attention despite his efforts to deny just that.
Great athlete, too bad he got hurt, but he NEVER committed to the Raiders either. Half a season each year with no football training camp or off-season work? He ended up an exciting but mediocre baseball player who played for a few teams. And he’s pissed off at Culverhouse THIRTY YEARS later? Please move on.
Boo Hoo, Bo is still unhappy, who cares? The fact is that he didn’t just snub the owner, he snubbed the entire Tampa Bay area, so no, I don’t feel the least bit bad for him. Like a poster above says, he bears responsibility for himself. Even if Hugh was trying to screw him, who’s responsibility is it? If you’re the one who could lose eligibility then it is your responsibility to call the NCAA and find out. If you trusted Hugh then that is your own stupidity. You got what you deserve.
Out of all of them Garv, yours was the first that came to my mind, too.
30 years is a long time to hold a grudge, especially when you consider how successful Bo’s athletic career turned out to be when he was a viable player.
Perhaps Bo should think about moving to the middle east where they are known to hold grudges for centuries.
Scubog, I looked up Hugh’s biography before I read your post and your quote from Joy Culverhouse was right on.
He was really trying to hose his wife financially while he was doing the same thing to David Brinkley’s wife physically. What a loveable scoundrel. LOL.
People can disparage Hugh for being a miserly owner and a sneaky dishonest rich person like most rich people are and so do I, no one should ever consider him a coward.
As a pilot in WW II he flew combat missions in the B 17. If you don’t think that took a set, look at the mortality rates of B17 crews during the war. He also served during the Korean War.
Hugh could win the presidency now!! He was a rich unethical business man that told it like it is!! who wouldn’t love that?
Apparently there are a bunch of rubes in this country who do gafikdetail.
Ruined the USFL for his own greed and to force the NFL to allowing his franchise to enter the NFL.
He failed at that just like every other business endeavor he ever got involved in except promoting himself.
Mark my word, just wait till you see all of the “Gates: coming out of this crook and his administration. He can’t stop himself. His greed and avarice are appetites he can’t control.
How are those tax returns, prosecuting of Hillary and making Mexico pay for that wall working out for everyone.
By the way, in regards to that wall, does anyone know the meaning of the word “tunnel.”
nobody cares about your thoughts on potus, this is a football site
PEOTUS to be technical.
Easy does it drd. It’s time to sit back and watch. Here is positive to take out of all the things that seem to bug you.
If you are a person who enjoys comedy you are in luck. I have been LMA off for weeks now. It’s a comedy writers dream right now.
this is a website for football and Bucs fans, no one here cares about your political thoughts, can we just keep politics out of it
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