The National Football League is notorious for its rigid uniform standards. That is just one of a number of reasons people call the football organization the “No Fun League”.
In a surprising change of tune, the NFL began a program last year called My Cause My Cleats, a program to highlight the players’ favorite organizations and charities. During Week 13 of this season (December 2, 2018), players were again permitted to wear custom cleats during their games to show off their causes.
We were particularly interested in the cleats of New England Patriots’ Center, David Andrews. His custom airbrushed cleats show off amazing artwork, including absolutely amazing German Shepherd portraits. Andrews is a GSD lover, with two of his own at home.
The footwear is a truly stunning and creative way to raise awareness of Warrior Dog Foundation, which is dedicated to serving the special operations K9 community by providing law enforcement and Special Operation Force working dogs with the highest level of care in retirement.
Andrews had this to say about suppporting WDF:
A lot of people don’t know what really happens to military working dogs when they come home. A lot of these dogs are slated to be put down. A lot of them have effects from the war.
The left cleat displays a traditional tan and black German Shepherd with the words “Warrior Dog Foundation”.
The right cleat features a portrait of a black German Shepherd accompanied by the words “Friend, Partner, Defender”.
With all 32 professional football teams participating in the program, there were over 500 players showing off custom kicks on Sunday! While Andrews’ cleats are the only animal related ones we saw photos of, we found there were many other animal lovers among the group of professional footballers.
Here is a list of the NFL teams with players who are using My Cause My Cleats as an opportunity to raise awareness of charitable animal organizations:
Torrey Smith – The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter aka BARCS
Rashard Higgins – Mesquite Animal Pawtners (Animal Cruelty Prevention)
Senio Kelemete – Show Your Soft Side (Animal Cruelty Prevention)
Matthew Adams – American Pitbull Foundation (Animal Rights)
Matt Wile – The Rescued Dog – San Diego
Tyler Matakevich – Show Your Soft Side (Animal Cruelty Prevention)
JD McKissic – PAWS (Animal Rescue & Welfare)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Jensen – Show Your Soft Side (Animal Cruelty Prevention)
Isaiah Johnson – Humane Society of the United States
Logan Ryan – The Logan Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation (Rescue & Adoption)
We think this is a really cool initiative that the NFL should continue to expand. This seems like a really great way to get football players and fans involved with their local charitable organizations. We are also looking forward to seeing which players participate next year to raise awareness for animal organizations and causes.
We’ll keep our eye on the next list and see if it grows!