Colts players to sport custom cleats Sunday for charity


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — More than 60 Colts players will wear customized cleats Sunday when the team faces the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

The initiative is sparked by the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, which allows players to wear cleats designed to represent charitable organizations of their choice.

Linebacker Darius Leonard will wear purple and white cleats in support of the Lupus Foundation of America.

“My little sister has been battling lupus for the last three years,” Leonard said. “I think about having an edge on myself when my sister is battling day in and day out with a smile on her face.”

Fellow linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. will support the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation to honor his late teammate. Jackson spent two seasons with the Colts before passing away in a traffic accident on I-70 in 2018.

“Me being a rookie, scared out of my mind, my first time being in an NFL locker room, he did a great job taking me under his wing,” Walker Jr. said.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett will wear cleats that support a girl he met during the Colts’ inaugural haunted runway fashion show in October, which hosted local kids fighting cancer. Brissett strutted the runway with Marley Ohmer.

“She was just so appreciative of everything, and she was just so happy to be alive,” Brissett said.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri will wear cleats that raise awareness for children battling arthritis.

“I think as a young child, you’re running around and having a good time, you realize there are kids who can’t do that, or they have pain when they do that stuff,” Vinatieri said. “When you’re a kid, that should be the most exciting time of your life.”

Here’s a look at the participating players and their causes:

  • Matthew Adams – American Pit Bull Foundation
  • Mo Alie-Cox – Dream Alive
  • Josh Andrews – National Sleep Foundation
  • Denico Autry – National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Ben Banogu – Bilingual Education Institute
  • Jacoby Brissett – A Kid Again
  • Ian Bunting – Shine on Chicago
  • Parris Campbell – I Promise Foundation
  • Anthony Castonzo – Kids Voice
  • Le’Raven Clark – Wheeler Mission Ministries
  • Trevon Coley – National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
  • Pierre Desir – Breaking Boundaries Foundation
  • Jack Doyle – Riley Hospital for Children, on behalf of Brody Stephens
  • Ashton Dulin – National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
  • Eric Ebron – Parkinson’s Foundation
  • Jake Eldrenkamp – Wounded Warrior Project – K9 Unit
  • Daurice Fountain – Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
  • Zaire Franklin – Uplifting Athletes
  • Devin Funchess – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
  • Clayton Geathers – National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Mark Glowinski – Foundation for Women’s Cancer
  • Gerri Green – PKD Foundation
  • Joe Haeg – Epilepsy Foundation
  • T.Y. Hilton – Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
  • Nyheim Hines – Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Malik Hooker – Leukemia Research Foundation
  • Justin Houston – Faith Before Fame
  • Brian Hoyer – Humane Society of Indianapolis
  • Margus Hunt – Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Jegs Jegede – Ejike Ugboaja Foundation
  • Marcus Johnson – Young Life Pike Township
  • Chad Kelly – Hunter’s Hope Foundation
  • Ryan Kelly – C.O.P.S. – Concerns of Police Survivors
  • Darius Leonard – Lupus Foundation of America
  • Tyquan Lewis – Alzheimer’s Association
  • Marlon Mack – Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa
  • Rolan Milligan – American Stroke Association
  • Kenny Moore II – A Kid Again
  • Skai Moore – National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Al-Quadin Muhammad – Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey
  • Quenton Nelson – The Andrew Weishar Foundation
  • George Odum – United Way of Central Arkansas
  • Bobby Okereke – Active Minds
  • Zach Pascal – Gun Violence Survivors Foundation
  • Javon Patterson – Homes of Hope for Children
  • Frank Reich – kNOT Today
  • Luke Rhodes – Children’s Bureau
  • Chester Rogers – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Rigoberto Sanchez – Lupus Foundation of America
  • Jabaal Sheard – Jabaal Sheard Foundation
  • Braden Smith – American Breast Cancer Foundation
  • E.J. Speed – Lymphoma Research Foundation
  • Grover Stewart – Center for the African American Male at Albany State Univ.
  • Marvel Tell III – Ascent 121
  • Kemoko Turay – Special Olympics
  • Adam Vinatieri – Juvenile Arthritis Association
  • Anthony Walker – Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation
  • Jordan Wilkins – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
  • Chad Williams – American Pit Bull Foundation
  • Jonathan Williams – Outreach Indiana
  • Khari Willis – Martin Luther King Community Center
  • Quincy Wilson – American Heart Association and American Stroke Assoc.
  • Rock Ya-Sin – Kids Against Hunger

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