Monday, January 29, 2007

Bo Knows

Arrelious Benn isn't the only football freshman attending classes in Champaign. Classmates Bo Flowers and Erique Robertson are also on campus.

But Bo isn't your typical freshman. Drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in 2002 and traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2005, he's got a few years of minor league baseball experience under his belt. Bo knows baseball, but apparently it wasn't everything he hoped. Now, at age 23, he's the oldest freshman football player on the Fighting Illini, planning to play safety or receiver. So Bo knows football.

Bo also knows how to get a deal -- he's not on scholarship, he's getting an education courtesy of the Tigers, thanks to the contract he signed when he was drafted. Smart move.

(Little known irrelevant fact: Bo played quarterback for his high school football team. His junior season came to an end during the Illinois 2A football playoffs when he was picked off twice -- by my brother.)

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