Week 13 in the NFL saw a change in the NFL rules to allow players to wear cleats that showed a bit more personality than they usually can show. NFL players across the league were allowed to wear cleats that represent a cause that means something to them in their Week 13 matchups.
Many players shared with The Players’ Tribune the stories behind their cleats.
Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton, Dre Kirkpatrick, Domata Peko and Rex Burkhead were just a few of the Bengals to take part in the effort. Here’s a look at their decked out cleats for a cause.
Carlos Dunlap’s cleats called out his foundation, the Carlos Dunlap Foundation.
Peko’s cleats were representing the Save the Children movement in Syria, where his wife is from.
Eifert’s cleats were for Warrior Wishes, a charity of importance to him.
Thanks to @truebluecustoms for designing my custom @nike cleats for the @nfl #mycausemycleats campaign. Tomorrow I'll be representing @warriorwishes with a design based off of an F-15 fighter jet, with American flag swooshes, and the Operation Warrior Wishes logo. #bengals #nfl #salutetoservice #thankyou #usa #military
LaFell’s cleats called out the LaFell Group. The organization creates unique educational and enrichment opportunities to improve the quality of life in the community through education, fitness, and mentoring for at risk children and their families.
It is a honor and my pleasure to represent all of the children and families who face the daily challenge of living with and growing through Speech Delay. 4 % of children between 2-11 are diagnosed with a developmental delay. Many families can't afford the therapy services with or without insurance and The LaFell Group wants to assist those families to get the services they need. Visit www.lafellgroup.org for more information on how you can help. #ProjectSay #MyCleatsMyCause
Adam Jones wore cleats that represented the Special Olympics. An organization he’s passionate about.
Im playing for every person with Special Needs and every parents that is raising or have raised a person with Special Need !!! God Bless pic.twitter.com/KOQabQmCZW— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) December 3, 2016
Rex Burkhead’s decked out cleats honored the Team Jack Foundation. Read more about Burkhead’s cleats and the story behind the Team Jack Foundation here.
Andy Dalton’s cleats called out to the organization he and his wife run, the Andy & Jordan Dalton foundation.
Dre Kirkpatrick’s cleats were honoring the 21 Kids foundation. You can read more about his efforts with the charity here.
It’s nice to see the NFL allowing their players to break the rules for a good cause.