New York Giant wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz will pay tribute to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when they kickoff their season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys with a special pair of kicks.
Designed by an outfit named Kickasso like Picasso, both players will don two separate pairs, one for pregame and one for in-game. The cleats feature variations of an American flag theme and both will have a personalized pair; Beckham's in-game pair showcases the profile of an eagle over an American flag, while Cruz's warmup cleats will show a fire truck with his late father's engine number on them (His father Mike Walker was a N.J. firefighter).
Kickasso owner Troy Cole said he wanted special for what he sees as special opening weekend for the NFL.
"It's a special cleat for a couple reasons. I mean opening day is on 9/11," Cole said. "And Odell wanted to pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11, and not toward the tragedy aspect, with the falling building and the heroes all around kind of helping and saving people. That is why it's kind of special and going to be pretty cool."
And the two will be properly attired. The NFL announced Friday that each game will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with special national anthem ceremonies, and fans will see taped video messages from President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush.
Giants coaches and staff will also pay tribute by wearing special 9/11 ins to honor the more than 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks on New York and D.C.
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