The NFL runs a regular community outreach campaign called My Cause My Cleats each season that allows players to wear non-regulation shoes during games in the later part of the season which are then auctioned off to support charitable causes important to those players. This year, My Cause My Cleats runs during Weeks 13 and 14, and the Detroit Lions players participating in this fundraising and awareness drive are wearing their custom cleats in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints.
The Detroit Lions’ media folks have a number of pieces up to highlight these fantastic cleats and their associated causes. The team’s official web page has a 27-picture photo gallery showing most of the cleats that will be worn by the players. The gallery posted by the team is unfortunately missing some of Jeff Nguyen’s photos, but thankfully MLive’s Ben Raven has us covered with a more complete photo gallery (including some alternate angles of some pairs).
Info about the players and staff on this year’s squad taking part is in the table below. This table incorporates some information on the league’s event web page and some “educated guesses” based on photos of the cleats:
My Cause My Cleats 2023: Lions
Earlier this week (Kellie included this as a quick bulleted item in Thursday’s Notes) on Dannie Rogers’ Inside the Pride, the Lions reporter spoke to cornerback Khalil Dorsey about his chosen cause, the “Be Nice” campaign from the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. In the three-and-a-half minute video, you can see the moment Dorsey first gets his hands on the custom cleats and hear him explain the design on the shoes as well as his thoughts on de-stigmatizing mental health concerns.
On Friday, Lions EDGE Josh Paschal joined ESPN’s Hannah Storm on NFL Live to talk about his experience with cancer while at Kentucky and his support for the V Foundation. In the interview, Paschal points out an amazing feature of the custom shoes he will be wearing: “the Air Force actually has a hole right at the exact spot where my cancer was.” ESPN posted the entire five-minute segment to the NFL on ESPN YouTube channel.
In addition to the player and staff-specific cleats, the Detroit Lions Foundation partnered with Comerica to sponsor another pair of custom shoes for Family Assistance for Renaissance Men. From Comerica’s site:
Comerica Bank and the Detroit Lions have teamed up to support the NFL’s annual My Cause My Cleats campaign, featured during the National Football League’s Week 13 and 14 games (Dec. 3-10), to raise critical financial resources that will impact the lives of Detroit fathers and their children. The philanthropic initiative encourages our communities to team up and donate to the F.A.R.M organization, a 2023 Detroit Lions Inspire Change social justice initiative grantee and community partner of Comerica Bank.
For the first $100,000 donated to the campaign, the Detroit Lions will match each of those dollars contributed through Sunday, December 10. And to start things off, Comerica Bank will be donating the first $10,000!
The team’s web site posted a short video with vice president of the Detroit Lions Foundation & Community Relations Roxanne Caine introducing the partnership plus linebacker Anthony Pittman with some background on F.A.R.M. The former Wayne State star has a longstanding relationship with the organization, and wore custom cleats in honor of F.A.R.M for the Lions during the 2021 season’s My Cause My Cleats campaign and the 2022 season’s campaign as well.
This year for #MyCauseMyCleats, the Detroit Lions Foundation chose to highlight @FARMFathers, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families. Every donation to F.A.R.M made until Dec. 9 will be matched up to $100,000. @comericabank— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 2, 2023
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Thank you to all of the players, coaches, and staff at the Lions for supporting these causes. Check some of them out and discover what means a lot to the folks bringing wins to the fans each week. Now, on to the rest of your weekend Notes:
- In case you missed it, our own Meko Scott posted a fantastic 20-minute analysis earlier this week of things to keep an eye on following the loss on Thanksgiving Day. He doesn’t want anybody to panic, though: just maintain reasonable concern.
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- Per Fox 2’s Dan Miller, the flexed Saturday game next week against the Denver Broncos will be shown on Fox 2 in the local area in addition to the NFL Network.
- Dan Miller also had a quick interview with defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn on Friday. You can watch the four-minute video on Fox 2’s website in an embedded player. Miller also spoke to linebacker Jack Campbell on Thursday, and that short video is up on the site as well.
- Linebackers coach Kelvin Sheppard spoke to the media on Friday and the video was posted by the team to its official YouTube page. In it, Coach Shep tried to tamp down on some of the “green dot” talk regarding rookie Jack Campbell and his readiness to fill in for defensive captain Alex Anzalone. Some extremely cool stuff about newly-signed Bruce Irvin in there and Malcolm Rodriguez too. You can see the entire 16-minute session on the YouTube page.
- It warms my heart to see the Sun God is on Team Pizza:
- Joe Kania and Erik Schlitt have their latest Detroit Lions Breakdown podcast episode up: a preview of the upcoming road game against the Saints. You can listen to the entire 77-minute audio in an embedded player on their web site or on most popular podcast services.
- Former Lions wide receiver Dylan Drummond was signed by the Giants, who got a good look at him in August and liked what they saw back then:
Missed this, but Dylan Drummond found a new landing spot after the Lions waived him to make room for Tom Kennedy on the practice squad. https://t.co/UzGGOvNYfS— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) December 1, 2023
- Detroit Lions offensive lineman Graham Glasgow was the featured guest on this week’s Twentyman in the Huddle episode. You can watch the entire 42-minute podcast video on the team’s official YouTube channel.
- The Lions media folks are so fun.