Peyton Manning is one of the last remaining NFL stars to sport Reebok affiliated apparel on game days, practices, and at training camp. The reason being that the NFL and Nike signed a deal to make Nike the official apparel provider of the NFL in 2012.
In response, Reebok re-signed the Manning brothers in 2012 to ensure that their apparel stays in the NFL for at least a few more seasons. Peyton has been partnered with Reebok since 2002, while Eli has been with the company since 2004.
It seems that the Reebok deal may have expired recently, as Manning was caught at training camp this week sporting Nike cleats. Darren Rovell of ESPN states that there is nothing official as to whether or not Manning did in fact switch over to Nike.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 28, 2014
Ultimately, this was a move that was imminent, but Reebok simply delayed it by two years by re-signing the Manning brothers.
Although the move is not yet official, it is likely that all NFL players will be sporting Nike come the start of the 2014 season.
If there is any public announcement regarding the switch of sponsorships, FanSided will keep you up to date.
Now with his first expected season in Nike apparel, can Manning recreate his magic from last year? If in fact he can, expect the Broncos to be right back in the mix as Super Bowl contenders. For their sake, let’s just hope they are not playing the Seattle Seahawks again.