Can’t Touch This – Video Highlights of the Great Basil Shabazz

And Basil Shabazz is around the area. Here is with Nate Olson.


We are so happy we were sent this video of highlights of Basil Shabazz to share with you. Routinely, someone sends us a note asking if we have any clips, at all, that show just how good Shabazz was. This is what we have, so far, but the search is always on for more video highlights.

As our Evin Demirel wrote back in December, it’s time for a film about Arkansas’ own Bo Jackson. Evin put it this way:

More than 20 years after his heyday he holds a power over the people who saw him that is unmatched by other Arkansan athletes. I’ve spoken to people who saw Shabazz play, guys like KATV’s Steve Sullivan and Wadie Moore, the longtime Arkansas Gazette prep sports editor, and there is an unmistakable glimmer in the eye and a lift in the voice when they discuss memories of Shabazz.

At Pine Bluff High School, he electrified in football, track, baseball and track. He didn’t even play baseball until his senior year, then flashed enough potential to get drafted in the third round by St. Louis. He set state records in track events he hadn’t even trained for.

Until then, we have this three minutes of highlights to watch and bring back great memories of someone who may have been the best all-around athlete sporting life Arkansans have ever seen.

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