Jordan Brand is releasing the Air Jordan 1 Rookie of the Year that’s inspired by what Michael Jordan wore during his Rookie of the Year acceptance speech.
On April 30, 1985, Michael Jordan accepted the NBA’s Rookie of the Year honors. During the year, he averaged 28.2 points per game and led the Chicago Bulls to a playoff berth. In Michael Jordan fashion, his acceptance speech was short and funny.
“Hopefully next year will be more promising,” he says, “If not, maybe I’ll retire after two years.”
Dressed in a gold harvest and black color scheme. This Air Jordan 1 pays homage to the brown shirt he wore while receiving the award. It features a white leather upper with wheat overlays and black detailing on the tongue label, ankle collar, Swoosh logo and rubber outsole. Highlighting the shoe is a detached layer around the customary ankle collar – very similar to the off-white Jordan 1s, that displays rookie stats and a hidden message by MJ himself.
That message reads: “This award is nice, but I just feel it is very important for each individual to go out and contribute to his team.”