The land of the Swoosh

As Jim Caple continues to blaze the trail of Lewis and Clark, he visits another trailblazer -- Nike.

Updated: July 1, 2004, 2:38 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- I'm sorry. What was that you were saying about Anthony Davis?

"He was our first known athlete to make it on the cover of SI,'' Nike's Nelson Farris says. "I got him by going up and introducing myself and showing him the shoe. It was light-weight and flexible and he wore it on the grass and it worked like a charm. I hand-painted it. John McKay was the USC coach; and the rule was, players had to wear all-black shoes. It was all-white and I had to paint it all black. And ...

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