Police union leaders in NY and New Jersey say they'll pay the fine for Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson if he plays in Sunday's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings wearing a pair of custom-made, star-spangled cleats honoring those who died during the 9/11 attacks.
As an alternative, Williamson said he's planning to auction the cleats to benefit Operation Warrior Wishes, as well as offer a meet and greet, VIP tickets to a home game and an autographed jersey.
The NFL has a strict uniform policy and it is understandable why the league won't let Williamson and presumably either Beckham or Cruz wear their 9/11-themed cleats.
Williamson shouldn't worry about the fine after police unions vowed to help pay off whatever fine the National Football League imposed.
But on September 11, Williams came out of the team's tunnel wearing the cleats in the opener against the Minnesota Vikings and wore them during the game.
According to the New York Post, the specially designed cleats would be worn against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
"They said 'Why don't we offer to pay, '" Egbert said.
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The left cleat says 9-11-01, with the 11 in the outline of the Twin Towers, while the right one says Never Forget.
"I want to wear them".
He said NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan and Port Authority PBA President Paul Nunziato came up with the idea to give financial support to Williamson if he were to be fined.
I really respect either decision Williamson makes here. "I feel like just reaching out to people, helping them, somebody that's served our country, I feel like that's a great honor, so I wanted to do something nice for them.", he said. "I feel like it was just a duty". The Dallas Cowboys were denied their request to wear a helmet decal honoring Dallas police who lost their lives in an act of gun violence in July. It's unclear what permission he's received or what the difference between his and Williamson's situations is.
All NFL players will wear a league-approved helmet sticker to commemorate the anniversary of September 11.
"It can be used for good or bad, either or, but you definitely have a bigger platform than you think".