University Blues: A Look Back at Air Jordans in Tar Heel Colors

March 18th, 2014 by

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Michael Jordan is synonymous with the Chicago Bulls thanks to the six NBA titles he amassed in an eight year span. But he made a name for himself with pro scouts with three strong years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That tenure started off with a bang in his freshman year, with his clutch game-winner over Georgetown at the 1982 NCAA Championship, but the UNC spirit lived on in the pros as he regularly wore his UNC practice shorts under his Bulls uniform.

The ties between MJ and UNC are deep, so it’s only natural that his eponymous sneaker line, the most successful signature series in shoe history, takes on the team colors from time to time. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the combination of white and soft blue is extremely easy to wear, and that the Tar Heels look provides a softer foil to the unrelenting regression of the Bulls’ ‘Bred’. Air Jordans in North Carolina colors have been a tradition since day one, and here’s a list of all the original first run releases:

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