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With all the focus on new schemes on both sides of the ball, player development and coaching changes, things can begin to get a bit repetitive during media days. That’s why I took the time out to ask a few players about something other than football.

During our lunch break, I noticed an exceptionally clean pair of Air Force Ones on a Baylor player, and knew I needed to delve deeper.

Those ultra-white Nikes belonged to Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright, and to say this man is a lover of shoes would be a gross understatement. When I asked his favorite shoe brand, his answer was simple.

“I love Jordans,” he said. “Especially the No. 11s, 12s and 13s.”

Wright was not the only player that shared an affection towards sneakers. Texas A&M defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie is also a self-proclaimed “sneakerhead.” Jerod-Eddie was sporting a pair of Cool Grey Jordan 11s that looked like they had just been lifted out of the box. He almost ran out of breath naming recent shoes he had picked up.

“Oh man, I’ve got the Space Jams, these [Cool Greys] and I’m getting a white and black pair that comes out in December,” he said. “But my favorites are the 12s.”

Aficionados like Wright and Jerod-Eddie know a thing or two when it comes to shoes. In contrast, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon confessed his lack of knowledge about the shoe game.

“I don’t know about Jordans that much,” said Blackmon, who was sporting a pair of black Jordan 3s. “These are my dress shoes.”