Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was wearing some gold Nike shoes to go with his gold Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket during the enshrinement ceremony Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.
According to the Cowboys, Jones received a package on Thursday from Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, in the locker room at the stadium. Inside the package was a pair of custom-made, one-of-a kind Nike shoes.
Jones was so touched by the gift that he decided to wear the shoes at the induction.
Jones said it reminded him of the night in 1995, when he and Knight walked onto the field at Giants Stadium wearing Nike shoes while Jones was attempting to bring Nike into the NFL as a sponsor.
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“I don’t know this for a fact, but it’s my understanding Phil Knight has only given away three special pairs of shoes like this, and one being Jerry and the other two being Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan,” Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said. “At the end of the day, he was really wanting to wear those shoes and I think he looks great up there in that gold jacket.”
Jones is one of seven members of the Class of 2017 being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jones speaks next to last, sixth overall, at the ceremony.