Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson and about 100 bicycle riders have started their five-day, 300-mile ride across Alabama to raise money for tornado relief in the state.
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A crowd of a couple of hundred people cheered Tuesday as Jackson led riders out of the tiny town of Henagar in the northeast part of the state. Celebrity riders include former Major League Baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. and NBA standout Scottie Pippin.
The ride is going to go through rural areas and communities hit hard by tornadoes a year ago. The ride started in DeKalb County, where more than 30 people died April 27, 2011.
The ride ends Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Jackson says he hopes to raise $1 million for the governor’s relief fund.