The Seattle Seahawks remember what Bo Jackson looked like the last time they saw him. It was Nov. 30, 1987, and he looked like a blur.
Showing the promise that convinced Raiders owner Al Davis to first draft him in the seventh round of the 1986 draft and then sign him although he seemed committed to pro baseball, Jackson rushed for 221 yards in a 37-14 victory.Jackson and the Raiders will return to the Kingdome, scene of the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner's greatest pro football performance, Monday night when they play the Seahawks in a battle of two teams that are bidding to win the AFC West title.
"We're obviously hoping for a repeat of last year, but that would be asking quite a bit out of ol' Bo," said Raiders quarterback Steve Beuerlein.
"But if anybody can do it, he's the one."
Curt Warner, the Seahawks all-time leading ground gainer, can't forget the Jackson performance of a year ago.
"Last year it was Bo Jackson left and Bo Jackson right," he said. "All I was doing was turning my head watching Bo go up and down the field."
Jackson's 221-yard rushing performance was the 10th best in NFL history. He has not had another 100-yard rushing game in his two-year career.
In the game, Jackson's performance indicated he had the ability to play pro football along with major league baseball. He had a 91-yard touchdown run against the Seahawks.
But the magic didn't last. Last weekend in Atlanta, in a 12-6 loss, Jackson had only 25 yards in nine carries. His average per carry this season is 4.4 yards.
On one if Jackson's three touchdowns last year in the Kingdome, he ran over Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth at the goal-line to score. Bosworth said later he was embarrassed by the play.
Bosworth probably won't get an opportunity to stop Jackson a second time on the goal-line. An ailing shoulder is expected to keep Bosworth out.