Jackson says his NFL career is over Doctors tell Bo baseball's his game NOTES

November 20, 1991

Bo Jackson made it official yesterday: He's strictly a one-sport athlete from now on -- and that sport is baseball.

"As far as I'm concerned, I have to do what my doctors told me," Jackson told the Chicago Tribune. "We've sat down -- all my doctors and [Chicago White Sox trainer] Herm Schneider -- and my doctors have said it's in [my] best interest to just play baseball. I can't argue with it."

Jackson's declaration came a month after he failed a physical examination to see whether he could return to the Los Angeles Raiders. It ended months of speculation about his football future after a hip injury sustained in last season's playoffs.

Jackson's intention to stick to baseball ends one of the most celebrated -- and certainly the best marketed -- two-sport career.

For the White Sox brass, the news may be simply that -- news.

"It's mostly been public guessing, and I am not the kind of person who will just come out and tell you what you want to know," said Jackson. "I never sat down and told them [White Sox officials], and I'm not quite sure they know it now.

"Who knows? With this type of injury, I may not have a long baseball career. Maybe I can go out and play for five years. Maybe I can play for only two months. We don't know, but, like I said, I am a gamer.

"If I am physically fit to the point that I can go out and play, believe me, I'll be out playing. If not? Well, that's just another chapter that's been ended in the sports career of Bo Jackson. I'll have to go and live life accordingly."

* VIKINGS: Lou Holtz says he wants to finish his coaching career at Notre Dame. Wheelock Whitney, a Minnesota part owner, hopes to change his mind.

"Lou is No. 1 on my list," Whitney said. "He's a friend of mine, he's a terrific competitor and I'm for him. . . . I think he's ready to take one more coaching job in his career, and he would like to have one more shot in the NFL. I think he deserves it and I'd like to see that shot come with the Minnesota Vikings."

Jerry Burns is expected to quit as Vikings coach after this season.

Holtz said Sunday during a conference call with reporters that he wouldn't coach anywhere but Notre Dame.

* CHIEFS: Running back Harvey Williams was robbed at gunpoint by three men who stole his 1991 Mercedes-Benz, his watch, his Sugar Bowl ring and about $800 in cash.

"They put a gun in my face," Williams said about the robbery, which occurred early Monday. "One of them said, 'I want your money.' My life passed before my eyes. They got everything."

Police said John R. Sneed, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested and charged yesterday in Jackson County Circuit Court with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and tampering.

* BROWNS: Wide receiver Danny Peebles remained in a Houston hospital for tests after sustaining a neck injury during Sunday night's loss to the Oilers.

Peebles, 25, momentarily lost feeling in his arms and legs when he was hit by Bubba McDowell on an incomplete pass near the end of the third quarter. Peebles' head was snapped back on the play and he had to be driven off the field on a stretcher.

The Browns placed Peebles on injured reserve and said they expect him to miss the rest of the season.

* STEELERS: Cornerback Delton Hall underwent reconstructive surgery to repair ligament damage in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Hall, who was injured Nov. 10, began the season on injured reserve after hurting the same knee in a scrimmage. He played in five games before reinjuring the knee.

* DOLPHINS: Strong safety Jarvis Williams is expected to be sidelined for four weeks after slightly separating his right shoulder in Monday night's 41-27 loss to Buffalo.

If Williams is placed on injured reserve, he will have to sit out the rest of the regular season because the Dolphins have used all of their free activations. He could return for the playoffs, although postseason action appears to be a long shot for Miami (5-6).

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