NFL players will wear their hearts on their feet this week during the annual “My Cause My Cleats” games. This year, Green Bay’s Ty Summers is taking on a special cause.
Fans should expect to see colorful and unique patterns replacing the more mundane footwear seen during the rest of the year. These cleats represent a cause that the wearer is passionate about. For instance, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will wear cleats in support of the Special Olympics. Rams quarterback Jared Goff wore shoes to show his support for Inglewood Unified School District. The point is for the player to promote a cause that’s dear to them.
But that isn’t exactly what Green Bay Packers linebacker Summers is planning.
Summers will wear the cleats meant for Packers’ tight end John Lovett. Lovett, who is on injured reserve, planned to wear shoes that pay respect to New York City firefighters and those who were killed in 9/11. Lovett’s father is a New York City firefighter but survived the terrorist attack.
Summers felt he couldn’t let those shoes go unworn.
Ty Summers Shows Off His Shoes and Explains His Reason
Summers explained in an Instagram post that he also wanted to honor first responders. He included photos of the cleats, which include the names of some of the firefighters who died on Sept. 11., in the post.
“This year for My Cause My Cleat I didn’t actually create a shoe to support any specific cause. However, my teammate @j_lovett12 had these shoes made in honor of his dad’s fellow firefighters and friends who lost their lives while trying to save others during 9/11. Unfortunately, John suffered a season-ending injury and will be unable to wear them, so I will be wearing them in his place!
“I won’t only be wearing them because John can’t. I’m wearing them because I too want to show my support for all those men and women of the FDNY, as well as all the others that sacrificed their lives that day.
“Likewise, thank you to all those who currently serve in the FD, PD, medical services, and every branch of the military. Y’alls service is much appreciated”
The Packers take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Green Bay Sunday at 4:25 EST.
Learn more about “My Cause My Cleats” and what causes players are supporting here.