Every cleat tells a story
More than 500 NFL players will wear custom cleats in Week 13 for the My Cause My Cleats campaign. Every cleat tells a personal story about each player's cause, and a few coaches even got in on the action as well. We pored over hundreds of photos to find our favorite custom designs from each team. There were plenty of tough decisions and in, some cases, we chose to include two pairs from a team when it was too tough to break a tie.Credit: Instagram: _theheyyman_
Player: Carson Palmer
Cause: Phoenix Children's Hospital
In his own words: "My kids are my world, and I see a lot of kids suffering from pediatric cancer. I want to do all I can to help and give kids a chance."Credit: NFL.com
Player: Matt RyanCredit: ryan_matt02
Cause: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
In his own words: "It started nearly a decade ago when I took a visit to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, seeing the kids in such high spirits, despite their physical condition, it was something really special. I knew I wanted to get involved and support the healthcare system that has done so much for these deserving children."
Player: Joe Flacco
Cause: Special Olympics Maryland
In his own words: "I am proud to wear my cleats in support Special Olympics Maryland for this week's #MyCleatsMyCause game. #ChooseToInclude #InclusionRevolution"Credit: Instagram: Joe Flacco
Player: Jordan MillsCredit: Instagram: _theheyyman_
Cause: Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
In his own words: "The reason I'm doing this is basically because of my nephew. Ever since he was born he's been diagnosed with Sickle Cell, been batting it on and off, in and out of the hospital since I can remember. He's been a warrior and that's the reason I play so hard, because of him." -- via "The John Murphy Show" on WGR 550
Player: Daryl WorleyCredit: Instagram: _sr_customs_
Cause: Cease Fire PA
In his own words: "I got involved with the Cease Fire PA because I'm from Philly and have close friends and family that have been victims of gun violence."
Player: Andrew DePaola
Cause: Bo's Effort (Mental Illness)
In his own words: "Bo's Effort is a family charity started by my aunt and uncle and I want to help my family get the message out."Credit: ChicagoBears.com
Player: Michael Johnson
Cause: MJ93-90 Fund, which brings together children with the police
In his own words: "With Colin Kaepernick doing what he did, taking a knee, he opened up the conversation. I remember speaking with my dad last year and asking him, 'Should I kneel?' He earned a Purple Heart as a Marine in Vietnam and his parents were sharecroppers and at first he said he didn't care whether I did or not, but then he came back and said to me, 'Colin has knelt, he's done that. That's been done. There's more to do.'" -- via USA TodayCredit: USATSI
Player: Duke Johnson
Cause: Dade County School District (anger management)
In his own words: "I have a personal connection and I want to raise awareness for resources available. It doesn't matter how old you are, you can always be better."Credit: Twitter
Player: Alfred MorrisCredit: Jeremiah Jhass/DallasCowboys.com
Cause: The Salvation Army
In his own words: "My mom used to tell me, 'Character is doing what's right when no one is watching or will ever notice.'"
Player: Isaiah McKenzieCredit: DenverBroncos.com
Cause: The John A. Hartford Foundation (elderly care)
In his own words: "My grandmother was the sole person that raised me and through that, her friends -- who were of course elderly and much older than me -- became very important to me and I saw so many struggles the elderly face."
Player: Golden TateCredit: DetroitLions.com
Cause: Golden Futures: Enhancing the lives of American heroes and their families
In his own words: "Proud to be representing our foundation, the @goldenfuturefdn during this weeks #MyCauseMyCleats #supportingourtroops"
Green Bay Packers
Player: Mike Daniels
In his own words: "I was bullied when I was a child. I want to let kids affected know to never let anyone hinder you from being who and what you want to be."Credit: @Mike_Daniels76
Player: Kareem Jackson
Cause: Breast and childhood cancerCredit: @ReemBoi25
In his own words: "My family has been affected by this horrible disease so I know first hand the devastation it causes to families. Let's tackle this disease together!"
Player: Anthony Walker Jr.
Cause: Trayvon Martin Foundation
In his own words: "Decided To Honor & Support #TrayvonMartinFoundation For Week 13 #MyCauseMyCleats. After The Game I Will Give Them To His Family. As A Member Of The North Dade Bulldogs Family We Were Always Taught To Stay Together."Credit: Instagram: _awalkerjr
Player: Paul Posluszny
Cause: Pat Tillman Foundation
In his own words: "I want to continue to honor the legacy of Pat Tillman and always remember to truly appreciate and thank all who serve our great country."Credit: k_o.brand_kickasso
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Albert Wilson
Cause: Albert Wilson FoundationCredit: KansasCityChiefs.com
In his own words: "While growing up, I spent a significant time in the Florida foster care system. I was blessed to continue my education due to my athletic abilities, but witnessing my younger sisters and others I knew age out of the system motivated me to get involved and be a voice for children in foster care."
Los Angeles Chargers
Player: Joe BarksdaleCredit: Instagram: jbdale72
Cause: Fender Music Foundation for music education
In his own words: "Music is a beautiful thing and through my relationship with Fender, I get to help underpriveledged kids learn music."
Los Angeles Rams
Player: Jared Goff
Cause: Sarcoma Foundation of America
In his own words: "A good friend of my neighbor passed away from Sarcoma. I had the chance to get to know the family. I wanted to be a support system for them as well as raise awareness for others affected by Sarcoma."Credit: Jeff Lewis, Los Angeles Rams
Player: Julius Thomas
Cause: Arts for Learning Miami
In his own words: "Proud to rock the hard work and creativity of the young leaders from @a4lmiami. They executed a creative vision that captures what we both are all about. Keep living outside the box -- you are the future."Credit: Instagram: Julius_Thomas
Player: Jarvis Landry
Cause: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
In his own words: "I lost a good friend to Cystic Fibrosis back in high school. Before she passed, I promised her that I would use my platform to raise awareness and support efforts to help find a cure."Credit: Instagram: juice_landry
Player: Stefon DiggsCredit: Vikings.com
Cause: American Heart Association
In his own words: "My dad and my grandmother passed away from heart problems, so I always dedicate my cleats to them and everybody else in the world with heart problems. I try to play with a lot of heart, so I hold it close to me."
New England Patriots
Player: Lawrence Guy
Cause: #VegasStrong and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
In his own words: "I chose pregnancy and infant loss. My wife and I lost a baby when she was five months pregnant and i realized there is such a strong stigma around pregnancy loss and it's very important for families to know there are resources out there to help them grieve."Credit: @thatLGUY
New England Patriots
Coach: Bill Belichick
Cause: Bill Belichick Foundation
Mission statement: The Bill Belichick Foundation aims to provide coaching, mentorship, and financial support to individuals, communities, and organizations. Focusing on football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family -- a love of sports, coaching and team building -- to the athletic leaders of tomorrow.Credit: NewEnglandPatriots.com
New Orleans Saints
Player: Marshon Lattimore
Cause: Social injusticesCredit: Layne Murdoch Jr.
New Orleans Saints
Player: Marcus Williams
Cause: Breast Cancer AwarenessCredit: Layne Murdoch Jr.
New York Giants
Player: Matt LaCosse
Cause: Social Works Chicago
In his own words: "Social Works programs are designed to empower youth to be leaders through dialogue, performance and relationship building. Students learn about being positive and are taught valuable tools to succeed."
New York Jets
Player: Kelvin Beachum
Cause: World Vision USA
In his own words: "This weekend, I will be representing @WorldVisionUSA to shine a light on our work to end hunger, to provide clean water access, and to serve children and people in need, globally."Credit: @kelvinbeachumjr
Player: Amari Cooper
Cause: Childhood Literacy
In his own words: "Educating the children of our country is one of the most fundamental things we can do as a society, our children are the future, and providing them with the opportunity for proper education will help make the world a better place."Credit: USATSI
Player: Bruce IrvinCredit: Instagram: theb_o_b
Cause: Mental health
In his own words: "We went with light green because it's the color of mental health awareness and because it sticks out on the field. We added the butterfly because it's also a symbol of mental health."
Player: Torrey Smith
Causes: Torrey Smith Family Fund, Show Your Soft Side, NFL Players' Coalition, NO More CampaignCredit: Instagram: torreysmith_WR
In his own words: "Growing up, things weren't always easy for me and my family. There were times when we struggled financially and people would lend a helping hand. From that experience, I knew that if I had the opportunity to impact other people's lives, I would."
Players: Le'Veon Bell and Alejandro Villanueva
Cause: Call of Duty endowment helping veterans find high-quality careers
Le'Veon Bell in his own words: "It's an honor to be teaming up with @Code4Vets for my #MyCleatsMyCause cleats lets get this dub on Monday night, and for our vets in good jobs always. #CallofDutyPartner"Credit: PittsburghSteelers.com
Player: Michael Bennett
Cause: POW-MIA Families
In his own words: "I just wanted to be able to bring that awareness because a lot of people don't really know how many people are missing in action from wars and things like that. People that sacrificed for the country that you never hear the story about." -- via ESPNCredit: @mosesbread72
San Francisco 49ers
Player: Solomon Thomas
Cause: 10 Books a Home, which provides home tutoring for high poverty preschoolers
In his own words: "Knowledge is power, and through constantly learning and growing, an education can bring you places you never thought you could go."Credit: @SollyThomas90
Coach: Pete Carroll
Cause: A Better Seattle
In his own words: Let's #unite and #sticktogether! Pumped to participate in #MyCauseMyCleats on Sunday night!Credit: @petecarroll
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player: Gerald McCoyCredit: Instagram: tbbuccaneers
Cause: The Life of a Single Mom
In his own words: "Single-parent homes are dear to me because I grew up seeing it my entire life. I know how hard it is to raise a family on your own and I want to give back to those families as much as I can."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player: Chris Baker
Cause: Chris Baker 92 Foundation (child literacy and mentorship programs)
In his own words: "Growing up, I didn't realize how important my education was. When I started receiving scholarship offers for sports in high school, my grades weren't up to par. I always told myself that when I made it, I would encourage kids to do the right thing in school from day one."Credit: Instagram: tbbuccaneers
Player: Avery Williamson
Cause: Wounded Warriors Project
In his own words: "Without the soldiers we'd be nothing. Thank you!!"Credit: @AWilliamson54
Player: Ziggy Hood
Cause: Autism Speaks
In his own words: "My oldest son suffers from a form of Autism. I would like to provide a voice to those who don't have the financial background and platform like I do."Credit: Instagram: ziggy_hood