As a part of their spring practice program, which continues until April 30th, the head coach, players and staff of the Michigan Wolverines football team were present in Room. They were among the audience before the Pope in St. Peter’s Square. Jim Harbaugh, the team’s head football coach who is more than often under a lot of stress, claimed that he found Pope Francis’ presence quite “peaceful” and was “touched” by it. It is unlikely that anyone takes the Pope for a sneakerhead, and he surely is not. Yet, one of the two gifts Pope Francis received from Jim was an Air Jordan 5 “Michigan” PE pair.
Jim describes the Pope’s way of talking as “calm” and “peaceful.” Jim’s wife Sarah was also present with him when they got the opportunity to greet Pope Francis. Not only did the Pope pray for them both, he even asked them to pray for him as well. The gifts that the couple presented the Poppe with were a football helmet, the same the ones worn by the Wolverines, and an size-10 Air Jordan 5 “Michigan” PE pair. It was just earlier this year that Jordan Brand whipped up PE iterations of most of their iconic sneaker models, dressed up in the colors of the Michigan Wolverines.
The very first photo of the Air Jordan 5 “Michigan” PE had actually popped up online back in December 2016. The photo was posted by @HailEquipment on Twitter, which is the official equipment account of the Michigan Wolverines. As sneakerheads probably know already, the pair gifted to the Pope is dressed up in Michigan’s Maize and Navy Blue color scheme. The sides of its heels and its tongues also feature the branding of the Wolverines, while it is also equipped with completely Navy-colored midsoles and icy, translucent outsoles.
Even though Pope Francis happily accepted the unusual gifts from Jim and Sarah Harbaugh, it does not seem like he will be lacing up in the pair anytime soon. Unfortunately, even sneakerheads will not be able to get their hands on the Air Jordan 5 “Michigan” PE since Jordan Brand does not seem to have any plans to drop it.
Air Jordan 5 “Michigan” PE