Vikings’ Adam Thielen Auctioning Off Custom Alex Trebek Cleats for Pancreatic Cancer Charity

by Chris Haney

Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Adam Thielen is auctioning off his custom Alex Trebek cleats to help raise money and awareness for a pancreatic cancer charity.

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away back in November following his battle with pancreatic cancer. During the Vikings’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears, Thielen wore the cleats. It was a great way to honor the legendary game show host, and now they will help raise money for pancreatic cancer research.

The custom cleats feature an image of Trebek with a halo over his head and the dates “1940-2020.” In addition, they have a Jeopardy!-like blue box with the message, “We Will Miss You, Alex. -$19,000.” In place of the normal Adidas branding, Trebek’s last name sits under the famous three stripes. To top it off, Thielen signed each cleat as well.

On Friday, the wide receiver announced his intentions of auctioning off his custom Trebek cleats. The tribute cleats will be available for bidding as of today through his charity, Thielen Foundation, and will end on Jan. 18. All of the proceeds will go towards helping the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network find a cure to the disease.

Alex Trebek Passes Away at Age 80

Trebek’s death swept the nation as countless fans of Jeopardy! paid condolences online after the game show’s Twitter account announced the host’s passing.

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the post read.

Trebek announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He began chemo following the diagnosis and battled for over a year, all while continuing to work as the show’s host. Jeopardy! shared a video of the host speaking candidly about his diagnosis to avoid false tabloid reports. During the clip, Trebek is transparent and reveals his health status with the show’s viewers.

“And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek says in the video.

Alex Trebek became the host of Jeopardy! in 1984. He went on to film his 37th season of the show while sick in late 2020.