The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson, Four Others Voted Into Pro Football Hall of Fame
Originally posted 2/9/2004

Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson gets the good news from the Hall of Fame
CANTON, OH - Five players were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last week, led by all-time greats John Elway, Barry Sanders and Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson. Tecmo Bowl Jackson, who holds all-time records with an estimated 73,540,000 career touchdowns and 1,495,005,000 career rushing yards, said he was thrilled and surprised by the honor.

"This is something you always dream about," Jackson said. "When you're a very young video game character, being designed and tested, you dream about one day being up there with guys like Elway and Sanders. This is something that even my 639,000 video game Super Bowl titles can't compare to."

"If you've never played Tecmo Bowl, then you just don't know how great he was," said ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons, who has written several columns about Tecmo Bowl Jackson. "If you pressed 'A' while he was running, he was almost unstoppable. Tacklers just bounced off of him. And there was no other running back who was a threat to score even if the defense picked the right play. The fact that it's taken this long for him to be recognized by the Hall of Fame is unbelievable. It's a bigger travesty than Curtis Jackson getting shot during that liquor store robbery on 'The White Shadow,' and for the love of God, I will NOT argue about this."

"It's quite an honor to be inducted with these guys," said Elway of the 2004 Hall of Fame class, which also includes Bob Brown and Carl Eller. "Especially Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson. My kids and I used to play that game all the time, and I never beat his Los Angeles team. Not once. I hope I get to meet him."

Elway, Sanders, Brown, Eller and Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson will be induced into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, August 8th.

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