Jackie Robinson is best known for breaking the Major League color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he was also a four sport star at UCLA, including starring on the football team at running back.
As superior as Robinson was athletically against most of his all-white competition in baseball, he was also on another level on the gridiron. His highlights are sparse, but an awesomely edited 2 plus minute video of Robinson as a Bruin was recently posted on Twitter shows how dominate he would have been had the timing been right in the NFL. Robinson runs wild, gets some picks at defensive back and even catches a bomb at the end.
Watch Robinson doing work in 1939:
Watched thousands of hours of old football film past 5 yrs. Here’s video I slapped together of the Reggie Bush of the leather helmet era. His name? Jackie Robinson. Yep, same guy. Last TD is vs. Chicago Bears. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/PdBopJO8zf
— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 5, 2018