words // Brandon Richard

Athletes come and go, but their legacies live on forever. Collecting sneakers is fun, but we should remember why most of us are here in the first place.

Today, we’re running down 10 retired legends that you should be following on Instagram. We focused on guys that not only impacted the sneaker industry during their careers, but continue to leave their mark today. Scroll through our picks and see what your heroes are up to with a click.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @therealkengriffeyjr

Ken Griffey Jr. (@therealkengriffeyjr)

Arguably the most popular baseball player of his generation, The Kid offers us a glimpse into his life and shares a variety of Swingman branded products.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @iam1cent

Penny Hardaway (@iam1cent)

Still a massively popular figure in sneakers, Penny occasionally shows off early and unreleased kicks from his signature line.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @WarrenSapp

Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp)

Forever a sneakerhead, Sapp makes a habit out of checking in with his most recent shipments from Jordan Brand. Active quarterbacks are probably just as excited to see him enjoying his post-NFL life as we are.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @agassi

Andre Agassi (@agassi)

There may not be anybody happier about Andre Agassi's reunion with Nike than Andre Agassi.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @kareemabduljabbar_33

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kareemabduljabbar_33)

The Master of the Skyhook has yet to slow down, and partnering with adidas again gave us extra reason to pay attention.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @garypayton_20

Gary Payton (@garypayton_20)

'The Glove' still has plenty to say, especially in regard to the return of his classic Nikes.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @theofficialai3

Allen Iverson (@theofficialai3)

Bubbachuck isn't the most active athlete in social media, but it's still great to be able to connect with a man that so many of today's stars look up to.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @dofficialmutombo

Dikembe Mutombo (@dofficialmutombo)

When he's not blocking shots, Mutombo is sharing his philanthropic ventures and adidas signature shoes.

 

@ScottiePippen

Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen)

Michael Jordan's running mate loves reminiscing about the 90s Bulls and will soon be releasing a new Air Pippen shoe with Nike.

 

10 Retired Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram: @Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal (@Shaq)

Shaq is probably the most obvious name on this list, but he still hasn't hit a million followers. We pulled a few sneaker pictures from his page, but it's mainly dedicated to memes and laughter as expected.