The 25 Best Non-Basketball Jordan PEs

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Jordan Player Exclusives always send a buzz through the sneaker world and we rank the 25 best that have been produced for those outside the hardcourt. From golf shoes to football cleats to baseball spikes, Jordan Brand has blessed a number a different non-basketball athletes with their own specific makeup through the years, breeding envy to all those who will likely never get their hands on a pair. With Player Exclusives (PEs) rarely being released to the public, let us know in the comments section below which 1-of-1 in this list you would like to see hit the retail shelves as a regular pair of kicks!

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Air Jordan XII (Golf Shoe)

Athlete: Dwight Freeney, Football
Year Released: 2012

As a Jordan Brand athlete for most of his career, Mr. Freeney has a collection of sneakers in the vaults that’ll hurt some feelings and, kicking off this list, is his Air Jordan XII golf shoe. MJ has a well-known love of golf (amongst other sports), so why couldn’t JB bring this one to retail?

Air Jordan VI (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Derek Jeter, Baseball
Year Released: 2000

Being one of Jordan Brand’s marquee signature athletes (and one of it’s most successful) has it’s benefits, including any PE color combinations you can think of. But for #24 on this list, we go with Derek Jeter’s simple, yet stealth all-black Jordan VI spikes.

Air Jordan III (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Terrell Owens, Football
Year Released: 2010

People forget about T.O. being a Jordan Brand athlete. But, in his playing days, he had shown an affinity for the Air Jordan III. Though he only spent a single, brief season with Ochocinco, and the Cincinnati Bengals, we got a decent look at his crazy black and orange PEs.

Air Jordan IX (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Hakeem Nicks, Football
Year Released: 2012

Throughout the course of Jordan Brand PEs in the NFL, you’d be hard-pressed to find a silhouette more widely used than the Air Jordan IX. Whether using turf soles or cleats, the versatility of the silhouette always turned heads. And, last year, when Nike gave us a preview of what Hakeem Nicks would be wearing for the G-Men that season, the thirst began.

Air Jordan X (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Michael Jordan, Baseball (in this particular case)
Year Released: 1994

It’s crazy to think that MJ only has one spot on this list, but here we are. In 1994, after his first retirement, MJ rocked this pair of Xs while hitting the diamond for the minor league Birmingham Barons. Though many MJ fans like to pretend this baseball-era Mike never existed, he still rocked some dope PEs while doing it.

Air Jordan III (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Terrell Owens, Football
Year Released: 2007

Another of TO’s Air Jordan IIIs cracks the top 25 and this time, in a more versatile colorway. Jordan Brand spun up this enviable red/white-blue colorway for TO’s 2007 NFL Pro Bowl appearance, the 6th of his infamous career. Another interesting feature of this PE, is actually what it’s missing…strangely, there are no Jumpman logos or JB branding found anywhere on it.

Air Jordan VI (Football Turf Trainer)

Athlete: Warren Sapp, Football
Year Released: 2007

For some reason, one of the more under-utilized silhouettes in the category of non-basketball PEs, is the Air Jordan VI. But, this dope white/silver colorway, created for Warren Sapp, make up for it by sporting a black turf-friendly sole to perfectly offset the upper.

Air Jordan III (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Andruw Jones, Baseball
Year Released: 2007

During his last year with the Atlanta Braves in 2007, JB athlete Andrew Jones had these beauties drawn up for himself. Though it’s a bit difficult to tell from the pictures, this awesome PE sports a black nubuck upper with uniquely placed hits of Braves-friendly red. But, this PE is really set off with the addition of the dark blue patent leather and Andruw’s #25 logo.

Air Jordan IX (Football Turf Shoe)

Athlete: Donovan McNabb, Football
Year Released: 2002

To call Donovan McNabb a polarizing player during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles, would be a colossal understatement. But one thing we can all agree on, is that his Air Jordan IX Turf PEs are absolute fire. Consisting of a mostly clean white upper on a turf sole, McNabb’s DM5 logo, and that iridescent Eagles green, these IXs are good enough to crack the top 20 of this list.

Air Jordan VI (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Ahman Green, Football
Year Released: 2007

Few fans outside of the Texans fan base remember Ahman Green’s tenure with the team. But, over the two seasons he was with the team (2007-08), he sported some pretty memorable PEs. Most notably, these white/navy blue VI Lows. Though the minimalist colorway and uniqueness of the silhouette is likely enough to place it in the running for this list, it’s the pearlescent gradient soles that bump this PE to the #16 spot.

Air Jordan IX (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Gary Sheffield, Baseball
Year Released: 2009

Knicks/Mets colorways are always a crowd favorite, and Gary Sheffield’s Air Jordan IXs are certainly no different. Done up in the classic Mets (or Knicks) orange and blue, Mr. Sheffield joined the 500 home run club in 2009 while sporting these awesome IXs.

Air Jordan XII (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Earl Thomas, Football
Year Released: 2013

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is a newcomer to the Jordan Brand family of athletes this year, and he’s already cracking the top 15 with these two vibrant colorways of the Air Jordan XII. Behind the AJ IX, the XII seems to be another popular PE silhouette and with these bangers, who could argue that?

Air Jordan III (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Dwight Freeney, Football
Year Released: 2012

At the #13 spot on the list, Dwight Freeney makes his second appearance with these black Colts-inspired Air Jordan IIIs. As we saw with some of the TO IIIs, JB curiously left off their own branding from these beauties, allowing the sneakers to speak for themselves. But, what we’re left with is one of the dopest III PEs we’ve ever seen on the football field.

Air Jordan IX (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Michael Crabtree, Football
Year Released: 2012

While most Air Jordan IX’s we see on the football field are high tops, designed for maximum protection and support, someone with Michael Crabtree’s speed needs a shoe that puts weight and performance at a premium. Last year, JB dropped some product shots of Crab’s 2012 AJ IX Low that turned some heads. With a flashy red patent upper, set off by a pearlescent Niners gold heel/mudguard, King Crab’s IXs were the cream of the 2012 crop. If gold trimmed J’s send fans into a frenzy (see DMP/GMP packs), imagine if these released to the public? Gold rush!

Air Jordan XIII (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: David Price, Baseball
Year Released: 2013

Tampa Bay Rays pitching ace David Price recently set social media ablaze with these dope Air Jordan XIII PE cleats. It’s not often we see this silhouette get the non-hoops PE treatment, and especially in such a clean, neutral colorway. Resembling the recent FEAR pack, these XIIIs would move units if they dropped at retail.

Air Jordan XII (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Dez Bryant, Football
Year Released: 2013

Edging out Earl Thomas’ Jordan Brand debut is another JB “rookie” Dez Bryant. Like Thomas, Dez’s first Jordan PE comes in the form of the XII silo, done up in classic Cowboys blue and white. Resembling the “French Blue” XIIs, these two dope PE colorways were enough for Bryant to crack our top 10.

Air Jordan XII (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: CC Sabathia, Baseball
Year Released: 2012

With his Yankees-inspired Air Jordan XIIs, CC Sabathia makes his first appearance on this list at #9. CC has rocked a lot of dope shoes as he’s dominated from the mound, but his navy and grey XII PEs are straight heat.

Air Jordan XI (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Warren Sapp, Football
Year Released: 2007

We’ve recently seen an all-black sample colorway of the Air Jordan XI break some hearts, going for over $11k on eBay (it was a legit, holiday 2010 sample). But, Warren Sapp had the football equivalent PE way back in 2007. Good enough to place him at #8.

Air Jordan III (Football Cleat)

Athlete: Dre Bly, Football
Year Released: 2006

One of Jordan Brand’s earliest sponsored NFL players was cornerback Dre Bly and being a fellow Tar Heel like MJ, he was a natural pickup for the roster. Sporting numerous AJ bangers throughout his career, our favorites are the white/blue IIIs he rocked while with the Detroit Lions. With a clean white leather upper, choice navy-on-navy elephant print, and a shiny silver cleat/sole, these IIIs are absolutely fire.

Air Jordan IV (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Andruw Jones, Baseball
Year Released: 2012

It’s no shock to see Andruw Jones on this list again…his shoe game is thick. But what is surprising, is how few Air Jordan IVs are used as non-hoops player exclusives. Resembling the IVs from this year’s FEAR pack, Jones actually broke these PEs out last year. So for that, he gets the nod at #6.

Air Jordan XIV (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Derek Jeter, Baseball
Year Released: 1999

Jeter is the guy that almost has everything, including a sick shoe game. For his second appearance on this list, he cracks the top 5 with these all-black XIVs. Very closely resembling the “Last Shot” XIVs, Jeter’s PE swaps the maroon for white, and adds his jersey number to the back. Clean and classic.

Air Jordan XII (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Jimmy Rollins, Baseball
Year Released: 2012

Jimmy Rollins has been rocking some dope XIIs lately, sporting several unique PEs over the last few years. But it’s his red/grey XIIs from 2012 that take the #4 spot on our list. With all the hype around the “Toro Bravo” Jordan models, Rollins’ PE shows them up by taking that red suede upper and contrasting it with clean grey mudguards and laces, and hints of that Phillies blue on the lace eyelets and heel tab.

Air Jordan XI "Vikings"

Athlete: Randy Moss, Football
Year Released: 2004

One of the greatest wide receivers the NFL has ever seen also had a pretty prolific shoe game, breaking into the top 3 with this purple/gold Air Jordan XI PE. Vikings purple patent leather, yellow (gold) piping and that subtle 84 branding make these XIs one to remember. Too bad these have never made it to retail, because they’d likely break records just like Randy Moss.

Air Jordan XI (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: Deion Sanders, Baseball
Year Released: 2001

We suppose it’s only right that we follow up the legendary WR Randy Moss, with another equally legendary cornerback, “Neon” Deion Sanders, and his crazy Air Jordan XI PE. Though the artist formerly known as Primetime has shown us that this isn’t the only dope XI in his vault (his Redskins PEs are up there too), this one is different and made for the baseball diamond. Rocking that infamous patent leather, not just on the mudguards, but throughout the entire upper give these PEs a flare that only Prime’s personality could match. Simply amazing.

Air Jordan XI (Baseball Spikes)

Athlete: CC Sabathia, Baseball
Year Released: 2013

And topping our list of the best non-basketball player-exclusive Air Jordans is CC Sabathia and his Space-Jam-inspired PEs, created this year, for his 200th win as a pro. With the all-black upper, trimmed with modest hits of grey, and wrapped up cleanly by that icy sole(!), these XIs are absolutely flawless. Topping them off with the commemorative 200th win logo on the tongue gives CC (and frankly, sneakerheads everywhere) a concrete reminder of his dominance.

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