For the Love of the Shoes

I can tell I am getting older when I wear shoes from former players and people have no idea who the shoes originated from. This is not the case with my Nike Air SC Trainer IIs, because they are the shoe Vincent “Bo” Jackson made famous. Jackson endorsed and wore several Nike shoes, but my favorites are the SC Trainer II. I have them in three different colors.

Bo Jackson is one of the greatest athletes of all time. His excellence in professional football and baseball, paired with work ethic and athleticism, made him the face of Nike Training. He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports, and he also won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. You have to respect anyone who can excel at a professional level in two different sports.

Nike reissued his shoes starting a few years ago and I quickly snapped up a few pairs. I fondly remember Bo snapping bats over his knee playing for the Kansas City Royals and running over and through over-rated players like Brian Bosworth while with the Oakland Raiders. I was so impressed with the amazing athletic talent he possessed, it was like he could do anything and everything he set his mind to.

Nov. 30, 1987 - A month into his “hobby” as a professional football player, Los Angeles Raider running back Bo Jackson had a ball on his 25th birthday. In one of the most scintillating performance ever on “Monday Night Football,” Jackson, who says his main job is as an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, set a Raiders record by running for 221 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 37-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.Ron Flatter, ESPN

I wear my SC Trainers every time I go to the gym and just love the memories that Bo Jackson gave all of us sports fans in his too short and multi sport career.

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