LeBron James reacts to NFL stars sporting Nike LeBron IV Menace 3 cleat feat. Saquon Barkley, Cooper Kupp: “them boys looked fire”

LeBron James’ longevity has continued to amaze sports fans all over the world. The basketball icon’s accomplishments on the court had long transitioned to the footwear industry, where he has been recording great attractions with his signature shoes.

King James’ cleats have been previously rocked by some top footballers as Nike repurposed his signature shoes into football cleats. The legend has recently expressed his excitement, as the cleats gradually gain weight in a sport outside the court.

LeBron James cleats takeover NFL

Both college and professional football players have adopted LeBron James’ signature footwear for play on the gridiron. Originally crafted for the basketball court, Nike has taken King James’ signature sneakers and transformed them into football cleats. Players clearly loved LeBron James’ signature shoes making their way into the NFL.

KingLeBron James reacts to NFL stars sporting with Nike LeBron IV Menace 3 cleat feat
LeBron James Via Getty

During a match where the New York Giants secured a 31-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, NFL standout Saquon Barkley sported the Nike Zoom Generation cleats in the exclusive ‘Ohio State colorway. These cleats, inspired by LeBron James’ inaugural signature shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, showcase a design paying homage to the Buckeyes.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase unveiled the “Fruity Pebbles” Nike LeBron 4 Vapor Edge cleats on social media on Monday, courtesy of a gift from LeBron James himself. Originally released as a basketball shoe in 2006, this colorway is set to be restored as a cleat next spring.

Nike has been increasingly promoting LeBron retros as football cleats, evident from the recent inclusion of the Nike LeBron 4 “Graffiti” colorway for the Ohio State football team last month. Quarterback Caleb Williams of USC and wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. of Ohio State have also been seen sporting LeBrons as their game-day cleats this season.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is the most recent to be sporting a unique pair of Nike LeBron cleats. These were no ordinary cleats as LeBron James sent Henry a special player-exclusive colorway inspired by the running back’s favorite breakfast cereal. However, with this development, there is no gainsaying that LeBron cleats will dominate the NFL soon.

LeBron reacts to NFL stars

Following the wide spread of LeBron’s signature cleats in football, NFL stars such as Saquon Barkley, Ja’Marr, Caleb Williams, Marvin Harrison Jr, and Derrick Henry have all been seen rocking LeBron cleats.

LeBron tweeted to show some acknowledgment and the growth of his signature shoe in football, “Yessir!!!! Them boys looked” accompanied with fire, “ this week!”

KingLeBron James reacts to NFL stars sporting with Nike LeBron IV Menace 3 cleat feat
LeBron James Via Getty

LeBron James has been promoting his signature shoe in football since January. LeBron James, who is from Ohio, generously presented the exclusive cleats to Ohio State just before their regular-season finale against the Michigan Wolverines in November.

However, considering the immense popularity of Kobe Bryant’s retro basketball shoes, expanding into the football market might carve out a distinct niche for the LeBron line. While LeBron’s signature shoe series has seen remarkable success, it is yet to achieve widespread popularity among NFL fans.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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