You never know who you might run into around Nike’s Beaverton, Ore. campus. On Wednesday, while taking in Nike’s The Opening, a showcase of some of the country’s top high school players, TDdaily got to witness the Jordan Brand’s stable of football players—a group that included Dez Bryant, Michael Crabtree, Andre Johnson, Earl Thomas, among others—test out some new Jordan cleats (for more photos and videos, check out our Instagram account). Afterwards, TDdaily caught up with Bryant, Crabtree and Thomas and talked Jordans, the upcoming season, and more. You can check out the Crabtree Q+A below, and you can read the Bryant and Thomas interviews by clicking here.
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TDdaily: Do you remember what your first pair of Jordans were?
Michael Crabtree: My first pair was the Jordan XIIIs. White and grey.
TD: Is there a story behind them? Did you have to wait on line hours to get them or something?
MC: Want to know something funny? My first pair of Jordans came from my cousin who got them by what we called hitting a train. He stole a pair of Jordans off the train, then gave them to me. I remember then I wore them to school and they came to school and asked me where I got my shoes. I told them and they took me out of school and made me give them back. That’s the story of my first Jordans. That’s a true story.
TD: So you only had your first pair of Jordans for like a couple of days?
TD: How old were you?
MC: I was in elementary school. I don’t remember exactly.
TD: So you sick of being asked about Richard Sherman?
MC: I’m not sick of him. What you got to understand is that I’ve been doing this since high school; since then I’ve been at the top. And people like to forget that I was out for six months last year. Six months because of my leg! Can you imagine that? But they kick you when you’re down. Just how it is. I’m OK with it. They [the Seahawks] know what time it is—I tell Earl [Thomas] that all the time. He knows what time it is. Most of the time, I don’t even have to say anything to him. I can just look at him and that says it all.
TD: What’s something you’d like people to know about you that you don’t think they do?
MC: That I got my own clothing line—we’ve got all types of stuff. Suits, shirts, shorts, jeans. It’s called LODB. Last Of a Dying Breed.
Yaron Weitzman is the editor-in-chief of TDdaily.com. Follow him on Twitter at @YaronWeitzman. Image via USA Today.