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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.

March 14, 2016 - The Nike Metcon 2  "Strong as Steel” collection represents three phases of steel, from red-hot liquid to forged metal to hardened alloy. This colorway is inspired by the strength of hardened alloy.

The third Nike Metcon 2 Amplify from the "Strong as Steel" collection arrives on March 21 at Nike.com.

March 09, 2016 - The pattern on the new LeBron XIII young athletes' basketball shoe is inspired by the All-Star's favorite cereal.

March 08, 2016 - The Nike Metcon 2 "Strong as Steel” collection represents three phases of steel, from red-hot liquid to forged metal to hardened alloy. This colorway is inspired by forged metal in a malleable state of change.

The second Nike Metcon 2 from the "Strong as Steel" collection arrives on March 14 at Nike.com.

March 08, 2016 - The Nike Metcon 2  "Strong as Steel” collection represents three phases of steel, from red-hot liquid to forged metal to hardened alloy. This colorway is inspired by the intensity of red-hot liquid.

The first Nike Metcon 2 from the "Strong as Steel" collection is now available on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Art Nouveau and the Parisian Metropolitan arches, the “City Collection" Nike Air Max 1 Ultra women's shoe has an intricate, curving print that pays homage to the City of Light's rich design history.

The “City Collection" Nike Air Max 1 Ultra arrives March 16 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by ancient Chinese architecture and textiles, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max 90 Ultra women's shoe has a bright pattern dedicated to the vibrant city of Shanghai.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max 90 Ultra arrives March 17 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Victorian patterns, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max BW Ultra women's shoe is an ode to London's design heritage.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max BW Ultra arrives March 18 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Art Deco design and the iconic Chrysler Building, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max Thea Ultra women's shoe is an ode to New York's architectural history.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max Thea Ultra arrives March 19 on Nike.com.

March 07, 2016 - Inspired by Japanese wave patterns, the “City Collection” Nike Air Max Zero Ultra women's shoe is dedicated to the city of Tokyo.

The “City Collection” Nike Air Max Zero Ultra arrives March 28 on Nike.com.