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.