Joe Haden Surprises Secondary With An Awesome Gift

Joe Haden is doing his best Santa Claus impression. And it’s not even December. Despite being with the Pittsburgh Steelers for only a few months, Haden surprised his fellow DBs with a really cool gift. He bought the room Air Jordan 11’s “Gym Red,” which aren’t even released to the public until December 16th.

William Gay posted a photo of the shoes on his Instagram and Mike Mitchell has an Instagram story of him going crazy over the gift.

Retail for these bad boys? $220. If we assume he got them for every DB on the team, practice squad included, that’s a total cost of $2,640. Of course, Haden got a nearly $6 million signing bonus for signing with the Steelers so it’s couch cushion money to him.

Here’s Mitchell breaking them in right away.

And Golden opening up his gift.

Fye fye, indeed.

By all accounts from different teammates, Haden has seamlessly immersed himself into the Steelers’ locker room and culture. He’s always been highly regarded and has only proven that reputation during his time in Pittsburgh. While he’s still rehabbing from the leg injury that’s going to hold him out this Sunday and probably at least another two weeks (he posted on Instagram that he’ll be back soon and was biking at the facility this week), he’s still making his mark in the locker room.

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Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Peanut Butter and Jealous. Those are so nice and great gift idea!

  • Spencer Krick


  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Air Jordan 11’s are my all time favorite shoe. (White & Black Concord of course)

  • PittShawnC

    Dilly Dilly

  • Mr. Goodkat

    Not sure if I’m just not a sneaker head or just too damn old, but those are hideous.

    Gym Red/White Jordan Mid 1s on the other hand…

  • Mr. Goodkat

    That being said, stand up gesture by a stand up guy

  • Alex K

    Nice to see high character guys on the team.

  • colingrant

    Just red sneakers to me, but awesome to see the team unity and shared love.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Haden is a good teammate. Hope he gets back soon and helps lead this franchise to #7 and get a ring for himself.

  • PaeperCup

    pocket change.

  • americanpatriot

    Retail: $220. Made in Korea for @ $15. Nice thought from Haden. He’s fitting in nicely. Good, smart move by the FO.

  • Rosco

    If they would have moved Shazier to safety he would have got some too!!! Shucks!!!

  • Rosco

    If it werent for Heyward, am i crazy to think Haden would be captain??

  • Doug Andrews

    Those are Fye Fye lol. Haden’s a good dude season isn’t done but he might be one of the best FA pickups in a while.

  • 6 ring circus

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t Nike’s made In China? I know you can get a knock off of whatever you want in Korea, though

  • will

    I think we should take up a collection to get these for Alex! Who is with me?

  • dany

    Don’t be ridiculous

    no way it costs even 15 bucks to make those

  • Alex Kozora
  • Alex Kozora

    lol no

  • dany

    well i’ll be damned

    Still overpriced though. Not that my $15 flip flops aren’t either

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’ll wear em’!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Probably would be Shazier after Cam, but I love Haden!

  • heath miller

    if u guys get to $200 i got the last $20 for alex the boy wonder .. im in on getting him those shoes

  • heath miller

    nope.. fine by me

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I don’t know what it is but I’ve never cared for the 1’s. They just ok to me! These just pop! The patent leather, white outsoles, and clear bottoms just stand out!

  • LHW

    Costs much more than that – they have to pay Jordan to make them.

  • Jaybird


  • Mike Lloyd

    …Like he should’ve been drafted here. He belongs.

  • srdan

    Never measure gifts in $, always by the size of the thought and execution

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Mr. Hayden dishing out the good gifts and keeping up on his cardio!!!

  • Doug Andrews

    You gotta rock em Alex on one of the Steelers post game analysis lol

  • Darth Blount 47

    These would look phenomenal with my Nebraska gear that I’m too ashamed to wear in public anymore because we refuse to fire Mike Riley and actually hire a real coach. Scott Frost… come on back home! (I’d take Les Miles or Bob Stoops as well)

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Lol! Have his feet propped up!!

  • Karen Matoon

    Always loved Joe Haden. Class personified.

  • Mr. Goodkat

    See i’m the opposite — the patent leather ruins most shoes for me. Not a fan of the same color laces either (though most seem to have them). Swap those out with some white ones and I’d probably like em better.

  • will

    How do we go about this?

  • Conserv_58

    Joe confirmed with this gesture that he is a generous, considerate, and outstanding person.

    As for paying $220.00 for sneakers, not now, not ever!

  • Conserv_58

    I admit that I’m old because if I was gifted those I’d sell ‘em and buy add-ons for my motorcycle.

  • heath miller

    well he can give us his pay pal address.. you guys all send what you want to give … when the boy wonder gets to $200 he says HEY HEEEEATH I GOT $200 TOWARD THE SHOES…. TIME FOR YOU TO KICK IN … I SEND HIM THE FINAL $20 BUCKS… hell i’ll send $35 … so he has $15 to pay the tax… he buys the shoes and we got to see young alex wearing them when he post a pick… Im all in for the last $20 and the $15 tax HEEEEEATH

  • Bradys_Dad

    J-Hay is total class. We’re the real beneficiaries here. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in Depot-Land – (yes even those of you who routinely oppose me) 🙂

  • Bradys_Dad

    Amen to that.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    To each his own. Ppl do things they love and sneakers are one of them. Women by $1000 high heels, that’s their thing. I’m sure you have something you love and spend a ton of money on that others don’t get! Everyone has their thing. I spend a decent amount of video games!

  • Jacob

    Look like clown shoes to me

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Love this stuff.. happy thanksgiving all

  • will

    Ok alex. It is up to you


    I’m old enough to have sold the original Jordans…actually I did! In either case, great bonding gesture by Joe…hope to see him back on the field for the playoff run.

    I probably go another color, but I might wear them a few times and framed them or something.

  • Conserv_58

    I couldn’t care less what you or anyone else spends their money on because that is your prerogative, but paying $220.00 for sneakers that most likely didn’t cost more than $15.00 to make is ludicrous.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Ok. 🙄