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A Career Immortalized: Barry Sanders’ On-Field Contributions Honored on Latest Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97

November 27, 2019 - Barry Sanders stepped away from the National Football League after the 1998 season, but the sentiment that he’s one of the greatest to play the game rings 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 the shoe he knows best: the Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97.  

Sanders wore the shoe during his professional career and it helped him solidify a reputation as one of the best running backs of all-time.

With only 2,053 units made — 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, team 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’ Thanksgiving home game against the Chicago Bears, Sanders will serve as the Lions’ honorary game-day captain — taking the field once more 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 27 (250 pairs) and then on nike.com on November 28 at 9:30 a.m. PT, in alignment with the team's Thanksgiving game kickoff.

April 01, 2016 - The Nike FI Premiere has a fully waterproof Flyweave upper, a flexible Nike-free inspired midsole and an outsole that uses Integrated Traction and four softspike cleats to provide the perfect on-course fit.

March 30, 2016 - The lightweight, formfitting NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultrafly has a disruptive silhouette that borrows inspiration from American football, global football and track and field footwear.

The NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultrafly is available April 4 at Nike.com in an all-volt colorway for both hard and clay court surfaces. 

March 29, 2016 - Inspired by the Nike Air Force 1, the Nike LunarForce 1 G combines full-length Lunarlon cushioning with a waterproof leather upper and integrated traction using classic Nike Waffle lugs.

The Nike LunarForce 1 G is available April 1 on Nike.com.

March 29, 2016 - The print on the new KD8 young athletes' basketball shoe is inspired by the All-Star's favorite childhood snack.

March 28, 2016 - Last year Nike released the Air Max Zero, Tinker Hatfield's original Air Max design, which eventually became the Nike Air Max 1. Though the idea for the shoe was put to paper 29 years ago, its first real-life manifestation incorporated nearly three decades of Nike Air innovation. It may not have been the first Nike Air Max, but without it, the Nike Air Max 1 would not exist.

The Nike Air Max Zero Ultra returns March 28 in yellow with lightweight Ultra tooling at Nike.com.

March 26, 2016 - The Flyknit Racer is now available in the Fire and Ice colorway, inspired by the two keys to post-run recovery.

March 21, 2016 - Originally released over 20 years ago as a running shoe, the Air Max 95 now carries the classic "Persian Violet" colorway of the Air Max BW.

March 18, 2016 - The University of Connecticut Women’s team will debut this special KD8 Elite PE in the tournament.

March 14, 2016 - A rework of a classic 2002 color scheme, this version of Tinker Hatfield's iconic Air Max 1 combines elements of another Hatfield favorite, the Air Safari. 

The Nike Air Max Safari returns March 14 on Nike.com.