Barry Sanders stepped away from the National Football League after the 1998 season, but the sentiment that he’s one of the greatest’s to ever play the game rings just as true now as it did more than two decades ago.
To commemorate 20 years since the hall of famer and former Detroit Lions running back hung up his trainers, the company is immortalizing Sanders’ playing career on a shoe he knows best: the Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.
Worn by Sanders during his professional career, the Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 is a shoe that helped him solidify a reputation as one of the best running backs of all-time.
With only 2,053 units made, or the same number as the most yards Sanders rushed in a single season (1997), the limited-edition Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 employs the Detroit Lions team colors throughout, as well as the team’s name and Sanders’ retired number 20 on the midfoot strap.
“I played high school football for four years, college football for three years and professional football for 10 years, yet I have been a Nike spokesperson for 30,” says Sanders. “It is such a huge honor that they are bringing back this shoe in my honor, and I can’t thank Nike enough on behalf of my fans everywhere.”
Ahead of the Detroit Lions’ home game against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day, Sanders will serve as the Lions’ honorary game day captain — taking the field another time in a pair of shoes that immortalize his success on it.
Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 first drops at the Lions Team Shop on November 27th (250 pairs) and then on Nike.com on November 28th at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT, in alignment with the team’s Thanksgiving game kickoff.
Color: White/Deep Royal Blue/White
Style Code: CW6680-100
Release Date: November 28, 2019