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The 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award will be recognized in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII activities.

• Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
• Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns
• Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
• Phillip Lindsay RB Denver Broncos
• Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Finalists For 2018 NFL FedEx Air (QB) and Ground (RB) Players of the Year

2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

• Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
• Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
• Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers

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• Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
• Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
• Saquon Barkley New York Giants

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• Arizona Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury
• Cincinnati Bengals TBD (former coach Marvin Lewis)
• Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens
• Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
• Green Bay Packers Matt LeFleur
• Miami Dolphins TBD (former coach Adam Gase)
• New York Jets Adam Gase
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians

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Weekend Box Office Jan. 18-20
• Box Office Jan. 18-20
1. Glass $40.6M
2. The Upside $15.7M
3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly $10.7M
4. Aquaman $10.3M
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $7.3M
6. A Dog’s Way Home $7.1M
7. Escape Room $5.3M
8. Mary Poppins Returns $5.2M
9. Bumblebee $4.7M
10. On the Basis of Sex $4M
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jun172017

Nike Releasing Retro Jordan Shoes Based On Clause In MJ’s First Pro Contract

Speciall to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 16, 2017: Basketball shoes often pay homage to a player’s home town, family, college, teammates or hopes and aspirations.

Nike is releasing shoes based on a clause in a player’s contract.

Of course, it helps that the player is Michael Jordan, who not only redefined the game of basketball on the court but rewrote the rules of wearing basketball shoes, as well.

Jordan signed with Nike in 1984 as a 21-year-old rookie entering the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. The alliance put more focus on Jordan’s skills and abilities, ultimately giving birth to the $1 billion Jordan Brand.

As part of his first NBA contract with the Bulls, who drafted him No. 3 overall in 1984 out of North Carolina, Jordan had was was called a "Love of the Game" clause. That enabled him to play in "non-sectioned" basketball games not associated with the Bulls or the NBA "regardless of potential liability.”

Among others, it encompassed pick-up games at Jordan’s favorite gyms, parks and playgrounds as well as alumni games at UNC,

Now, Nike is scheduled to release under a multi-media “Love of the Game” campaign a basketball shoe that would recall the original Nikes he wore back in the day during alumni games, the Air Jordan II.

Another par of retro Converse (now a division of Nike) shoes, Fastbreak in Carolina Blue, honors Jordan’s role in helping to guide the USA National Basketball "Dream Team" to an Olympic gold medal in 1984. He also wore the shoes while leading UNC to a national title in 1982.

Nike is packaging the shoes together in a special box that features the "Love of the Gane" contract clause printed on the inside of the box.

The release date for the limited-edition shoes is June 28.

Nike did not disclose a retail price, but a previous limited-edition Air Jordan 9 retro "Love of the Game" shoe sold for $700.

"When you have a love of the game, no one can tell you when to play and when not to play," Jordan says in a Nike video. "It came about when I was cut from my high school basketball team. That disappointment compelled me to say, I have something to prove to the people who didn’t think I could achieve (my goal).

"Whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball," said Jordan.

As Nike explains it, "Jordan’s relentless pursuit of off-season competition was solidified before his pro career even began. During high school (in North Carolina), he spent countless summer days at Wilmington’s Empie Park challenging anyone who would accept.

"This embrace of playground hoops also continued during trips home from the University of North Carolina."

According to Nike, during a 1986 UNC alumni game, Jordan debuted his original PE (player edition) shoes, wearing the Bulls home colorway version of the Air Jordan II that featured Carolina Blue on the heel.

"'Love of the Game means whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball."

The game, played on Sept. 6, 1986, featured two competing teams of Tar Heel alumni as part of the dedication of the Dean Edward Smith Center.

In a game on June 28, 1987, which featured UNC alumni against alumni stars from a rival university,  he wore a low-cut version of the II in his alma mater’s team colors, according to Nike.

"Never missing an opportunity to compete, MJ shined in both games while wearing his second signature sneaker," said Nike.

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