“It means a lot, man,” Reed said. “Growing up looking up to [Michael Jordan] and things like that, now I’m sponsored by his brand. That’s a big thing and a big deal to me, at least.”
Reed was one of five NFL players to join Jordan Brand this season, the others being Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman and Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety Jalen Ramsey. They join a roster of high-caliber NFL athletes already endorsed by Jordan Brand, including Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
“That’s also something I’m proud of, is to be a part of that caliber of players and what they represent in the NFL,” Reed said. “I’m just proud to be a part of that.”
His sneaker game, both on and off the field, has ascended at the same rate as his play this year.
Last Monday, Reed showed up to Redskins Park wearing the “Space Jams” with the matching “Tune Squad” jersey. At practice this week, Reed has been rocking the Air Jordan IX low cleats with an exclusive colorway for him, featuring a gold upper and a burgundy, patent-leather midsole.
“The cool part is all I wore before was Jordan stuff, all the Jordans and stuff like that,” Reed said. “Now, I can get things earlier and I’m always up on the latest gear and things like that. That’s the best part for me.”
Reed, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Philadelphia Eagles, said he intends to wear this player-exclusive pair if he suits up this week. He wore the all-black version of the same model previously this season, but Reed’s latest pair of cleats will surely turn some heads.
“I like ’em a lot,” Reed said. “They’re comfortable and got good traction. They look tough, too.”