Bo Jackson struggled in the trenches against tough defenses when he ran circles around the opposition at Auburn and watched a lot of fastballs when he was in the majors.
Now the College Football Hall of Famer has faced an unusual opponent that has been a little harder to shake off: hiccups.
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Jackson revealed Wednesday on «McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning» on WJOX-FM in Birmingham, Alabama, that he has been battling a case of chronic hiccups for nearly a year.
«I wasn’t there (at the Frank Thomas ceremony) due to issues,» Jackson said, via AL.com. «I’ve had the hiccups since last July. I’m having a medical procedure at the end of this week, I think, to try to remedy my throat, probing myself in every possible way to find out why I’m having this hiccups. That’s the only reason why I it wasn’t there.»
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Jackson said doctors have yet to figure out the cause or solution to the problem.
«I did everything: scare myself, hang upside down, drink water, sniff a porcupine’s butt. It doesn’t work,» he added.
According to Rare Diseases, the «longest recorded episode of these chronic hiccups lasted 60 years.»
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Jackson was a two-sport star who played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders and earned a Pro Bowl selection his final season in 1990. He was an All-Star in 1989 for the Kansas City Royals. He played for the Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels in the MLB.