My relationship with the NFL is an odd one. I love the Patriots admittly way too much as they single handled can make or break my weekend (or even longer when it's a playoff game) I love football in general, I think it's the greatest sport in the world and love watching it. I wish I could still play but I was just another bum ass high school football player with no future in the game past 17 like most in this country, but I'll always love the game.
However the league that give it to us: the NFL is a horrible, horrible organization. I hate the NFL but I love the product. The NFL is greediest, most ass backwards organaztion in American sports. Held out information about concussions and their long term impact on players. They claim they care about player safety in the wake of all the concussion news, yet they have teams play on short rest every single week for Thursday Night Football. They suspend Ray Rice 2 games for beating the shit out of his wife in an elevator then Tom Brady gets 4 games for a crime that cannot be proven. Just makes no sense. Or even worse guys like Seantrel Henderson who they straight up told "we don't care about your Crohn's disease" when it comes to him using medical marjuana to fight his Crohn's. Dude just got suspended 10 games for doing what actual medical doctors told him to. It's fucking asinine. Like use some logic one time for me.
Nope the NFL doesn't care. Same with trying to strip all fun from the game with celebrations and accessories from players. Usually if you wear non-uniform cleats you get fined, but for this one week. Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season players are allowed to wear any custom cleats they want to spread awareness for a cause important to them. While I love this move part of me believes the NFL, as the evil machine that they are is only doing this so people like me and praise them in blogs like this. Well I'm not going to do that, fuck the NFL. However I will share some of the cleats that players will be be wearing this Sunday as it is a very cool cause that could help a lot of awesome charities and other general causes. Let's take a look.
Jacksonville Jagaurs QB Blake Bortles cleats support his foundation along with the law enforcement and fire departments of Jacksonville, Florida.
Buffalo Bills RB Lesean McCoy is wearing ALS awareness cleats in honor of his late grandmother.
Last night in a TNF matchup against the Vikings, Cowboys QB wore cleats in honor of his mom who passed away from Colon Cancer in 2013.
Colts longsnapped Matt Overton chose to wear cleats to symbol unity between community and law enforcement. Obviously a hot topic in America currently.
Here all the Oakland Raiders partaking in the event show off their cleats.
Last night Cowboys TE Jason Witten wore these cleats for his Score Foundation which raises awareness and provides aid to families and individuals impacted by domestic violence and domestic abuse.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers RB and noted Breast Cancer Awareness advocate shows off his cleats in honor of women in his life who impacted by the disease.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen will wear these cleats Sunday to praise awareness and support for congential heart disease. An issue that hits close to home as Greg's son was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Patriots CB Logan Ryan will be wearing these cleats in support animal shelters and finding homes for dogs.
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins cleats will be for IJM the International Justice Mission who's goal is to end child slavery, trafficking and sexual assault in developing nations.
Raiders QB Derek Carr will show support to Care For Kids.
Finally, my guy Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower will wear these cleats for the American Diabetes Assocation.
Those were just a few of the cleats that will be worn this week in the NFL. Be sure to be to be on the look out for these and the hundreds of other players this week who are actually doing something positive with the platform they have every week. It's a very cool thing by these players and hoping a lot of good can come out out of this. Just make sure you don't wear them next week because the NFL will return to it's old horrible ways and fine you.