May 20, 2014 BY Brendan Dunne
We’re in a new age of Nike/NFL tie-ins now that the sportswear giant has the outfitting rights for the league. The five year contract started back in April of 2012 and immediately had an effect on Nike’s sneaker output. Let’s not forget though that the brand has long been committed to the idea of gridiron sneakers. In fact, University of Oregon quarterback Dan Fouts was one of the first athletes Knight and co. got to wear their sneakers outside of their circle of track stars. Back then, pairs like the Nike Astro Grabber with its waffle kit on bottom and the Nike Turfster with its more straightforward cleat design proved as early as 1972 that Nike meant business in the football footwear realm.
This latest Sneaker News NINE@NINE piece fast forwards from that era to the flashier 1990s when the brand started giving out signature silhouettes to football players. It was then that their football designs started to get a real foothold in the lifestyle realm, where a good amount of them still see plenty of love thanks to the positive response for the retros over the years. Continue reading to browse through some of the most important Nike football signature models with us and let us know down in the comments if there is a pair among these that’s closest to your heart.
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