Bo Jackson invests in bank

April 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM
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CHICAGO, April 15 (UPI) -- Former baseball and football star Bo Jackson is one of the founders and investors in a new Burr Ridge, Ill, bank.

It is the latest of his numerous post-sports business ventures, Crain's Chicago Business reports.

Jackson, 46, was a star running back for the then-Los Angeles Raiders and also a baseball standout with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and California Angels following a great college football career at Auburn.

In 1989, while still in his playing days, Jackson gained fame from a series of Nike television commercials.

"I'm the only guy in a suit," Burr Ridge Bank & Trust CEO Roy Thygesen said about their visit to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday. "I walked through there, and it was like the place stopped. (Traders) are shouting, 'Bo! Bo!'"

After Jackson ended his sports career, he joined the Chicago-based Rex Easton investor group, and also co-owns a food supplier and a chain of athletic training facilities, the report said.

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