The Miami Dolphins will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. South Florida has lost some big names in sports this year with the deaths of Kimbo Slice and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Coming in to Miami for the game, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown will honor both men with a special set of cleats:
Fernandex passed away a few weeks ago when the 24-year-old and two other men were killed during a boating accident. Slice, a YouTube street fighter and eventual UFC flighter, passed away in June due to heart failure; he was 42.
Several Marlins players, including second baseman Dee Gordon and outfielder Christian Yelich, tweeted to Brown after the picture of the cleats was released:
Respect dude. Very classy. Kid was a legend https://t.co/pKp07jqqc3— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) October 14, 2016
Brown responded to Gordon, mentioning the second baseman’s lead-off home run in the team’s first game - a game Fernandez had been scheduled to pitch - after the loss of the pitcher:
.@FlashGJr Thank you Dee ! My thoughts and prayers are with you all !— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) October 14, 2016
Your HR is one of the most beautiful moments in sports history !!
Brown will likely only use the cleats during the pregame warmups, due to NFL rules which prevent him from wearing non-team color, non-approved cleats. He has previously had special cleats designed by his children, honoring Arnold Palmer, and honoring Muhammad Ali. The NFL has told Brown he has to change out of those previous cleats, or he would not be allowed to continue to play.
Brown was fined in Week 1 for non-approved cleats.