The 2013 NFL season is officially underway, and to celebrate this time of year we put together a list of our favorite NFL players signature Nike sneakers. Some of the most influential styles that you see re-released today, all began because of these athletes. Brush up on your Nike history and learn about the pro's that brought serious heat on and off the field.
1. BO JACKSON
-Air Trainer 1 (1987)
In football, Bo Jackson played running back for the Los Angeles Raiders. In baseball, he played left field and was a designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Anaheim Angels. Bo Jackson is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was named the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN.
2. BO JACKSON
-Air Trainer SC "Auburn" (1990)
In Jackson’s first season with the Raiders, he ran a record-breaking 221-yard rushing performance on Monday Night Football.
3. BO JACKSON
-Air Trainer Max 91 (1991)
Jackson was the only player ever to be picked as an All-Star in two sports, he homered in the 1989 baseball All-Star Game, and was selected to the 1991 Pro Bowl.
4. DEION SANDERS
-Nike Air Diamond Turf (1993)
Deion Sanders played for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens, winning the Super Bowl with both the 49ers and the Cowboys. An outfielder in baseball, he played professionally for the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants, and participated in the 1992 World Series with the Braves.
5. DEION SANDERS
-Nike Air Diamond Turf II (1994)
Sanders was later voted the 1994 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and recorded an interception in the 49ers 49–26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, earning him his first championship ring.
6. BRUCE SMITH
-Nike Air Veer (1994)
Bruce Smith played defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins. He helped the Buffalo Bills play in four consecutive Super Bowls as AFC champions. Smith is the holder of the NFL career record for quarterback sacks and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
-Nike Speed Turf (1995)
Dan Marino, who played for the Miami Dolphins was considered one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history having held, at one time, almost every major NFL passing record. During Marino's career, the Miami Dolphins were constant playoff contenders, reaching the post-season in 10 of his 17 seasons. Later in 2010, he was ranked number 25 on the NFL's Top 100 Greatest Players list.
8. DEION SANDERS
-Nike Air Diamond Turf Max 96 (1996)
During his 14-year NFL career, Sanders was a frequent All-Pro and considered to be one of the most feared pass defenders to ever play the game.
9. BARRY SANDERS
-Nike Air Zoom Turf (1997)
Barry Sanders was the featured running back on the Detroit Lions that made the playoffs five times during the 1990s. Sanders was a member of the 1991 and 1993 squads that won the NFC Central division title; the 1991 team won 12 regular season games, a franchise record.
10. BRETT FAVRE
-Nike Air Zoom Turf Jet 97 (1997)
Brett Favre was a quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers. In 1995, Brett Favre won the first of his three AP MVP awards. Favre led the Packers to an 11–5 record, Green Bay's best record in almost thirty years.