This pair was made possible through an awful lot of "right place, right time." While up at Nike Campus for the original Shox launch in 2000, I ran into a certain Nike exec who mentioned he had extra pairs of these Deion XIs in his office (from his comeback with the Reds), and did I want a pair? Um, yes. So a few weeks after they arrived at my office at SLAM, who else but Deion himself stopped by to visit XXL. I had him sign both shoes, and the "Psalm 32:4" notation is set off nicely by the "$" in "Sanders." Not for sale, ever.