The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on the Miami Dolphins down in South Florida Sunday and what better way to continue the tradition that’s become of the WR wearing custom cleats than to honor two fallen Miami legends.
Antonio Brown has worn custom cleats during each game this season, hand-painted with imagery of those who have inspired the WR, most recently Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer.
The latest edition is an homage two icons from hometown of Miami, having portraits of Miami Marlins’ ace and Cuabn-American hero José Fernández and legendary street-fighter turned MMA star Kimbo Slice both unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. The cleats are tied in with the recognizable bright colors of South Beach.
Corey Pane, a friend of Brown who paints these masterpieces of footwear, says they all have more meaning than just for show, but “these are really important to him.”
Brown has been told by officials two of the last three games that he had to remove them or he would not be allowed to play. It appears Brown will only wear these for pregame warmups.