The Oregon Ducks have emerged as a national power in college football with back-to-back-to-back Pac 12 Championships, a BCS National Championship appearance, and a pair of Rose Bowl berths (and one win) under head coach Chip Kelly. That success, along with their constantly evolving wardrobe, have helped the Ducks gain fans across the country and the world. Now they can add another member to Duck Nation as two-time league MVP, Finals MVP, two-time gold medalist, and reigning ‘King’ of the NBA LeBron James is throwing up the ‘O’ for Oregon.
James and the Ducks have a mutual friend in Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight. LeBron is of course one of Nike’s biggest spokesmen and Phil Knight has almost single-handedly bankrolled the Ducks’ turnaround from Pac 12 afterthought to perennial conference power. Knight likely hooked up his favorite NBA star with the swag of his favorite college football team, and LeBron enjoyed the gift enough to share on his Instagram with the note, “S/O to Oregon for the fire!! Best uni’s in the Nation #Nike” sharing it with his 1,109,368 followers.
LeBron has a history of supporting “winners” with his fandom. He’s been seen wearing New York Yankees‘ cap at baseball games and around town, he’s sat courtside with the Kentucky Wildcats‘ college basketball team, and of course he’s a pretty big supporter of the current NBA Champion Miami Heat. Now it seems he’s added the Ducks to that list in part because of the “best uni’s” in the country.
So the USC Trojans can have its Snoop Dog and Will Ferrell cameos on the sideline, Eugene has a King in their corner. Win the day!
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