Antonio Brown will wear cleats that honor Pat Tillman this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Brown posted the cleats to his Twitter account a short time ago.
All caps – HERO !
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) November 12, 2016
Tillman served in the US Army and was killed in action on April 22nd, 2004. A 7th round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 1998, he played with them until 2001 when he voluntarily left the NFL to enlist and serve.
Brown was worn cleats depicting different people throughout the season; his kids, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer are all examples.
All of his cleats have been designed by Corey Pane, who has been working on projects for Brown since 2010. Sports Illustrated just did a feature piece on him and it’s one worth checking out.
The NFL has usually made Brown remove his cleats. But it’s unclear if they will let him wear them the entire game given that it’s Veteran’s Day and the decision to honor a fallen solider and NFL player.
The Steelers have a veteran of their own on the roster. Alejandro Villanueva served in the Army from 2010 to 2013 before reentering the league and earning a starting role with the team.