The Boz was awesome. He was one of the best LBers I've ever seen play the game. He was fast, hit hard, and shot through and smashed QB's regularly.
He had over 100 tackles and led the team in that category his first year... unfortunately it wasn't an official stat yet, so good luck finding his tackle stats. He brought more press and merchandise sales to the Seahawks than they paid the guy within the first week he was here. The majority of his contract was paid out by an insurance policy, which is standard. The insurer paid him 10 million dollars. The Seahawks deal with him was worth I believe 11 million. So they paid 1 million dollars and probably made that in Boz 44 and Boz 55 jerseys and posters in a matter of days.
Everybody wants to bring up the Bo Jackson play. Bo Jackson didn't "Run him over". Most overrated play ever. Bo shot through the whole, into Boz's gap. Bo cuts to his left and glances off of Boz shoulder and scores a TD while running at full speed and hitting a guy that was moving across. Big deal, it happens 25 times a game when players run.
I am sick and tired of people talking about what a bust the guy was. Was Steve Emtman a bust because he blew out both of his knees? I don't think so. In fact, he was one of the greatest athletes to ever play football and looked absolutely dominant before injuries ruined his career.
Calling Boz one of the WORST players in the history of a franchise is a joke. Did you watch him cross the entire field and smash the shiznit out of Mr. Elway who was doing his best to get out of bounds? I did, and it was freaking beautiful. He was the toughest mother to line up for the Hawks since Ken Easley did it with no kidneys.
The Boz was in so much pain in his second year that the team trainers had to dress him after essentially taping his damned arms on. Then after his second season he didn't beg out. No doctor would clear him and after specialist and specialist looked at him they all told him his shoulders were destroyed and he would never play again... do you know what that suckwad Brian Bosworth did? He showed up for the first day of training camp and got those same trainers to tape him up and get him out on the field to practice just like he did everyday. He didn't quit. The team's doctors refused to clear him. He gave it everything he had. He begged to play. He was a great man who made t-shirts that made fun of him and sold them at opposing team's stadiums, and then donated the proceeds to children's charities. What a "loser" and what an "awful player".
If you didn't watch the man play, and you didn't see him unable to even lift his arms up, yet still making tackles and flying around the field and leading his team as a young kid and still respecting his teammates, his elders, the game, standing up for his union, etc. then you don't know of what you speak. I feel privileged to have watched him play when he did and saw how great he was. I am surprised there aren't Bears fans saying Gale Sayers sucked because he only played for a few years. I think Sandy Koufax sucked too, because he only pitched for like 7 seasons.
Injuries do NOT equal a bad player. In fact, many times they can define just how great a man is when he overcomes those injuries and still excels and even dominates at times. Boz was one of those guys. If he had played for the Giants or Cowboys they'd still be talking about how great he was and how his career just got cut short. Instead they talk about him like he was Ryan Leaf. Sorry, but the Boz was a great player.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08