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Nike Celebrates NFL Legend Barry Sanders’ Career With Limited-Edition Shoes

Football is as much a part of Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie and turkey, so it’s fitting that Nike is paying homage to an NFL legend on the holiday.

The Swoosh is releasing a limited quantity of Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 trainers on Thursday, Nov. 28, on Nike.com at 12:30 p.m. ET in memory of longtime Detroit Lions star Barry Sanders’ career. The athlete retired 20 years ago.

The sneaker was originally introduced in 1997, with Brett Favre as an endorser in addition to Sanders. The shoe has a rubber outsole, Air Zoom cushioning and an adjustable Velcro strap.

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Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.
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The Sanders-inspired take comes in the Lions’ team blue and white colors, with the running back’s number, 20, and “Lions” written across the midfoot straps.

“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,” Sanders said in a statement. He has been a Nike spokesman for three decades.

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SANDERS Detroit Lions' Barry Sanders heads into the end zone against the Chicago Bears for a first quarter touchdown, in Chicago. Sanders became the first NFL player to run for 1,000 yards in 8 consecutive seasonsLIONS BEARS, CHICAGO, USA
Detroit Lions’ Barry Sanders heads into the end zone against the Chicago Bears for a first-quarter touchdown, Nov. 24, 1996.
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Only 2,053 units of the $150 shoes have been made, a symbolic number that equals the most rushing yards Sanders ever recorded in a single season (1997).

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Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.
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Today, 250 pairs of the shoes dropped on the Lions Team Shop. Around 1,800 pairs will be released tomorrow.

The ex-NFL player will sport the kicks on the field Thursday because he will serve as honorary captain for the Lions’ game against the division rival Chicago Bears.

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Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.
CREDIT: Nike
Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97, barry sanders, nike x barry sanders, detroit lions, nfl, thanksgiving 2019, sneakers
Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.
CREDIT: Nike
Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97, barry sanders, nike x barry sanders, detroit lions, nfl, thanksgiving 2019, sneakers
Barry Sanders’ Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.
CREDIT: Nike

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