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Jesse James Will Be Playing FTK

by on December 04, 2016 5:00 AM

As part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign this weekend, in which players will don customized cleats in support of charities of their choosing, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end and former Penn Stater Jesse James will represent THON in his team's game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

James’ cleats bear the THON 2017 theme “Igniting Hope Within” and are gold, the color of pediatric cancer awareness and a slightly different shade than the Steelers’ traditional secondary color. Vincent James Candelore, a designer from Pittsburgh and based in Charlotte, N.C., created the cleats for James.

The NFL’s campaign this weekend will organize something that players have been doing recently. Using cleats as canvases for advocacy and awareness has become quite in the NFL, whether that be Brandon Marshall’s spikes for mental illness awareness in 2013 or the many designs annually memorializing the lives lost on 9/11.

With how bright James’ kicks will be on Sunday, it’s safe to say many fans across the league will take notice of THON’s efforts to fight pediatric cancer.

Anthony Colucci is a writer for Onward State
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