Nike is immortalizing the “greatest season ever played” with a special edition shoe paying homage to Barry Sanders.
The Air Trainer 2 Premium (release date: July 26) was specifically created in honor of Sanders’ 1988 Heisman Trophy winning campaign. From Nike:
“Designed to honor the “greatest season ever played,” the latest Air Trainer 2 pays homage to legendary running back Barry Sanders’ award-winning season in 1988. The shoe features orange and black nubuck, as a nod to his alma mater’s rich heritage. Aesthetically, safari appropriately ties together the black and orange colorway finished off with a black reflective swoosh. The gridiron was his kingdom – and for years, the pride of Stillwater reigned supreme.
“He dominated the opposition, running, juking and spinning past defenders to rack up the most rushing yards in a single season – 2,628 to be exact – and 39 touchdowns. His record-breaking stats and accolades are commemorated in the shoe’s sockliner. Sealing the shoe’s legendary status, Sanders’ collegiate jersey number – “21” – is embroidered in orange and black on the heel.
“Step after step, yard after yard, and touchdown after touchdown, the legend known as Big Bad Barry made the stands rumble on gameday – and his influence still holds true today.”
I’m not a sneaker head, but I’d buy these. It's good timing by Nike and a nice birthday present for the OSU and NFL legend, who turned 46 on Wednesday.
(NOTE: Including a 62-14 Holiday Bowl win against Wyoming, Sanders actually ended his junior year with 44 total touchdowns and 2,850 rushing yards, but Nike goes with regular season stats only in this instance, since that's what factors into the Heisman Trophy.)