After the NFL: Houston Oiler Bo Eason Transcended the Safety Zone

<b class="credit">Courtesy Bo Eason</b>
Courtesy Bo Eason

In 1969 at the age of 9, Bo Eason mapped a 20-year plan to be the best football safety in the world and to play in the Super Bowl. Despite all odds -- he was small, slow and overshadowed by his older brother Tony -- he made it to the Houston Oilers as a safety. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, and four games into the season busted his knee for the seventh time. The 49ers went on to win the Super Bowl that year. It was 1989.

Eason has turned his life into a one-man play "The Runt of the Litter," and a career as a corporate speaker, trainer and coach to individuals learning to tell their personal story. With 1.2 million high school kids playing football and only 0.08 percent making it to the pros, Eason's tenacity was so inspiring that four of the 27 kids on his scrappy California high school football team went pro.