Football Legend Bo Jackson is gearing up to help Alabama Governor Robert Bentley raise money for storm relief.
The Bessemer native and Heisman Trophy winner is kicking off "Bo Bikes Bama" charity Tuesday. It's a 300-mile bike ride through communities ravaged by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Jackson says he came up with the idea in November to help storm victims. He hopes to raise at least $1 million. He says the effort is his way of giving back to the place he calls home.
The ride begins Henagar, Al. and ends in Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Riders can join Jackson for a donation of $200 a day. Jackson will ride five bikes, one each day, and they will be auctioned. The name of people who died in the storms are printed on the bikes. Jackson says he will be joined by other sports stars like former NBA player Scottie Pippen and his former Auburn University teammates.The money raised will go toward the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund. Bentley says FEMA estimates the state still has $140 million in unmet needs.