When they take part in the My Cause My Cleats program, NFL players don custom shoes emblazoned with designs to show their support for a charitable cause. The program is now in its fourth year, and various outlets have been tweeting out the cleats players are wearing this year. Sometimes it is the team or league channels promoting the causes, sometimes it is the players or the organizations they are partnering with.
The cleats naturally draw attention to these great causes, but the custom shoes also serve as practical support: many pairs are auctioned off with the proceeds earmarked to benefit those charities. While there are too many (39 Detroit Lions are on the official list of participants) to show them all, here are a few of the causes and cleats Detroit fans will see on the field in Week 14.
THANKS @jamalagnew of the @Lions repping the DLA in the #mycausemycleats campaign. Thank you for allowing Students, Jamil H., Ariyanna W., & Jeemel W. to help in the design of the cleats! the theme if the shoe is Detroit and events of 2020. Ex. COVID, Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/cg6RSKBtu1— Detroit Lions Academy (@DetLionsAcad) December 11, 2020
Miles Killebrew (@Lions safety, 3⃣5⃣) has been a champion of @Playworks for years. We're honored that he's wearing our logo in this weekend's #MyCauseMyCleats game. (Cleats Photo: Detroit Lions via AP) pic.twitter.com/Z7YaMtTtyt— Playworks Michigan (@PlayworksMI) December 11, 2020
.@Mo_12_Sanu & I go back a long time to our days in Cincinnati...@NFLBombShell & I couldn’t be prouder to have anyone wear their #MyCauseMyCleats for our @CaskeyFamilyFnd #AlwaysFamily https://t.co/SlVxRrMWoN https://t.co/QBKEQruTxo— Kyle Caskey (@CoachKyleCaskey) December 12, 2020
Both Erik Schlitt at Lions Wire and Justin Rogers at the Detroit News posted articles going through more of the great cleats and organizations being represented. For those who want to check out all of the excellent custom designs worn by the players to support charitable causes, the team posted a huge gallery (172 photos!) showcasing them all. Now for the rest of today’s Notes:
- MLive’s Kyle Meinke has a story about interim head coach Darrell Bevell that leads off with a tale about how Bevell went cougar hunting in Utah with Brett Favre. ESPN’s Michael Rothstein adds some additional background flavor behind the relationship between Bevell and Favre in another piece.
For those who are curious: Darrell Bevell has *not* taken Adrian Peterson hunting for cougars.— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) December 10, 2020
- Dave Birkett at the Detroit Free Press wrote about how Darrell Bevell and Matthew Stafford have helped the Lions rediscover the deep pass game. You know we here at Pride of Detroit are big fans of going down the field.
- For some time now, we’ve been calling your attention to the fact that Jack Fox deserves to be in the Pro Bowl. There is another Detroit Lions player who absolutely deserves honors, and it is your friendly neighborhood fisherman:
On Wednesday, Ragnow told the media his favorite block so far in his career was not the pancake he got on Akiem Hicks against the Bears.
Frank Ragnow asked about favorite blocks, pointed to this one https://t.co/gOGJu7utkG— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) December 9, 2020
- This week, Fox 2’s Dan Miller went 1-on-1 with cornerback Amani Oruwariye in his weekly interview series. The video from the chat is on the station’s web page.
- Erik Schlitt from Lions Wire posted a short article with film notes on the final three defensive stops in last week’s win over the Bears.
- Herman Moore is both a Lions legend and an awesome guy:
I need your help!— Herman Moore (@HMAN84) December 11, 2020
An anonymous donor is matching donations up to $84,000 through Monday for @salmich and #RescueChristmas.
If you have anything to spare, help Metro Detroiters during this holiday season!
GIVE: https://t.co/tV74xL9eKX#detroit #team84 #lions pic.twitter.com/rkNdXoHCYz