NFL Players to Wear Custom Cleats in Week 13 in Support of Various Causes

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2016

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03:   Gavin Escobar #89 of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game on September 3, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NFL is allowing its players to wear custom cleats for games in Week 13 as part of the My Cause, My Cleats campaign to help raise awareness for various causes.  

Per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar will use his cleats as a platform to draw attention to testicular cancer during Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings:

Escobar was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2010 during his freshman year at San Diego State but noted on Twitter earlier this year he's been free of the disease for more than six years. 

Speaking to Machota about the slogan on his cleats, Escobar described how he ended up with that particular one: "There were a couple slogans [to pick from], so I picked the feeling nuts one. I know they tried to get that to stick a couple years ago. I saw it and thought it was a good one."

Escobar also said he wanted to ensure no one felt ashamed to visit a doctor and get checked out if they were experiencing pain. 

In addition to Escobar raising awareness for testicular cancer, Machota provided a glimpse at the cleats Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will wear to prevent animal cruelty. Several other Dallas players will wear cleats to help raise money for the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan:

ESPN's Darren Rovell shared an image of the cleats Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu will wear in support of Rise to Win:

Per Rise to Win's official website, the organization is "an unprecedented alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals using sports to bring people together to promote understanding, respect and equality."

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be wearing these custom cleats from Adidas:

Typically, NFL players aren't allowed to don specially made cleats during a game. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown received a fine after Week 1 for violating the league's uniform protocol when he wore a pair of blue cleats.

The cleats displayed here are a select few of the many that players around the league will wear over the weekend to bring awareness to causes they believe deserve more attention.