He went on to play for the Los Angeles Raiders in football and the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels in baseball.
Instead, he enrolled at "Auburn University," where he excelled in baseball, football, and track. The "Tampa Bay Buccaneers" selected Jackson as the first overall choice in the "1986 NFL Draft," but he chose to play baseball with the "Kansas City Royals." Beginning in 1987, he also played football with the Los Angeles Raiders. In 1988, he won the National League (MLB) batting title with a.328 average.
After his baseball career ended, Jackson turned his attention to football. He signed with the "Jacksonville Jaguars" as a running back, but was released after one game when they found out he was still playing baseball. He then went pro as a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. After one season there, he joined the Oakland Raiders again as a running back. In 1992, he led the league in rushing yards per game with 141.0. That same year, he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Eric Dickerson of the California Golden Bears.
In 1993, Jackson won the NFL rushing title with 1699 yards. He also caught 70 passes for 783 yards and nine touchdowns. That same year, he lost out on the Heisman once more to Tony Banks of Mississippi State. In 1994, Jackson only managed to catch 37 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns. He continued to decline after that and his career ended in 1995 when he suffered a knee injury in a playoff game that required surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage.
Jackson has also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego, and Baltimore, in addition to the Blue Jays and A's.
He finished with a record of 72-69 over two seasons with the Athletics and Blue Jays. He earned $1 million in 2007.
In 2008, he went 9-3 with a 3.12 ERA over 110 innings pitched for the White Sox before being traded to the Phillies along with Jake Westbrook and Jason Frasor for Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Donaldson. He ended up going 7-10 with a 4.14 ERA over 148 innings that year.
After his time with the White Sox, Jackson joined the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent and was expected to be their number three starter behind Halladay and Romero. However, after pitching only four innings in his first start for the Blue Jays, he was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He returned in August but didn't regain his old form and was eventually released at the end of the season. After his release, he decided to retire from baseball.
Overall, from 2004-2008, he made 80 appearances (all but one start) with a record of 36-30.
5, 1951, Greenville, an American professional baseball player, widely regarded as one of the finest, but was eventually barred from the game for his role in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. Jackson, who was born into terrible poverty, began working in a cotton factory when he was just six years old and never attended school. He became interested in baseball while working in a ball yard and started playing organized baseball at the age of 11. After several seasons in the minor leagues, where he developed into a powerful hitter, manager Bill McKechnie brought him up with the Chicago White Sox in 1951. That same year, Jackson participated in the first ever All-Star Game. The next season, he led the league in hits (292) and home runs (44). In 1953, he had another great season, finishing second in MVP voting to the legendary Lou Boudreau. However, following that season, he was accused by fellow players of throwing games and banned for life by the major league club owners. Despite this punishment, Jackson continued to play until 1957, when his career ended due to injuries. He died in 1998 at the age of 70.
After graduating from high school, Joe Jackson worked in a factory and spent most of his time at home because he was poor and had no education. However, he did play baseball regularly with other young men in his neighborhood. When he was old enough, Jackson wanted to become a baseball star like Al Simmons or Luke Appling, two famous players who were highly paid at the time.