Daily Sports Smile: NFL players reveal custom cleats for special 'My Cause My Cleats' initiative
Several NFL players will be wearing custom cleats this week. Each athlete will represent a special cause and non-profit organization as a part of the NFL’s "My Cause My Cleats" initiative. The NFL campaign spotlights different topics that are important to players.
Some of the top causes include social justice, cancer and research support, youth, disability research and mental health among others. Players will also support non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the local community.
The Dallas Cowboys will kick off Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints. Cowboys duo Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will both wear special cleats with their teammates. Prescott will honor the Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation and Elliott will support the For Oak Cliff organization.
South Oak Cliff is a local neighborhood in Dallas. The organization aims to provide resources to their local community through education, advocacy and the arts.
“I really believe in their organization and I believe in their mission,” Elliott said.
Around the league, there were other special causes. Several local organizations will be honored in some capacity.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs designed his cleats to honor Metropolitan Ministries organization for their work in helping single mothers. His cleats feature a blue and pink colorway with the word “HOPE” in white letters.
“We were on a Zoom call with the designer and the family and I was like I want you guy’s name to be on them,” Wirfs said. “That was my input as I was like I wanted them to have the freedom to do whatever with them.”
Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes also has some cool cleats. He will honor his 15 and the Mahomies foundation.
Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson will support diversity and Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary will honor the Made by Dyslexia organization.
Gary had his cleats designed by local elementary students as well. He was thankful for the students' help in raising awareness to a great cause.
Many players will also have the option place their cleats on NFL Auction. The cleats will be used to raise charitable funds. All the proceeds will go to the preferred charity of their choice.
Be on the lookout for your favorite team as they display their cleats on Sunday.