Closing Kicks: What Elite Athletes Wore in Their Career Finales

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Mariano Rivera pitched his last game in pinstripes last night, making an emotional exit after he was pulled out of the game by his Yankees teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Petite. The greatest closer of all time knew that this was the end, since New York has been eliminated from playoff contention, but not everyone rides off into the sunset on a high note. From Michael Jordan to Barry Sanders, some of the most memorable retirement moments in sports included iconic sneakers.

Click through the pages to see some of the other top career caps and kicks duos. Let us know who had the best combination of the two in the comment box at the end, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for all of your sneaker news and history.

Michael Jordan

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Year: 1998
Model: Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot”

Michael Jordan hit the “Last Shot” in Utah in his brand new Air Jordan 14s, capping off his second three-peat and sixth NBA Championship. It was a fairytale ending for the greatest player of all time, but it wouldn’t be the last time MJ hit the hardwood.

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Year: 2003
Model: Air Jordan 18 White/Royal

Michael Jordan made his second return from retirement to the League for two seasons with the Washington Wizards. Still averaging 20 PPG, MJ further proved that he is the best to ever play the game, and bowed out once and for all in Philadelphia in the Air Jordan 18.

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