The Pittsburgh Steelers, almost 20 players together, wanted to wear cleats to honor injured linebacker Ryan Shazier before the Sunday Night Football game vs. the Baltimore Ravens. However, the NFL usually sticks their nose up to players showing individuality like this.
To most, this would be a no-brainer considering the severity of Shazier’s injury in Week 13, but, for once, the NFL is doing the right thing and allowing players to wear the “Shalieve” cleats.
And the #Steelers do indeed have clearance from the @NFL to wear these Ryan Shazier tribute cleats tonight, Uniform Inspector Edmund Nelson tells me. #BALvsPIT #SHALIEVE pic.twitter.com/n8hXmtz5fC— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 11, 2017
Take a look at some of the cleats players will be wearing, as well as how the team is honoring Shazier prior to the prime time game.
Steelers who had Shazier cleats made for pregame: Vince Williams, Sean Davis, Stephon Tuitt, Cam Heyward, Arthur Moats, Tyson Alualu, Mike Hilton, T.J. Watt, Javon Hargrave, William Gay, Bud Dupree, Robert golden, Roosevelt Nix, Anthony Chickillo, and Antonio Brown pic.twitter.com/fSbMGkfnUj— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 11, 2017
My cleats for tonight's game. #SHALIEVE pic.twitter.com/Zln3rKgZ3e— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) December 11, 2017
#SHALIEVE #Prayfor50 pic.twitter.com/hObKuHArAB— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) December 10, 2017
Amazing show of support for @RyanShazier. #Shalieve #PrayFor50 Cleats for @Dat_Dude_Nix @Chickillo56 @Southcity22 @R0bG0lden pic.twitter.com/ziMtTkaKFF— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) December 11, 2017
#SHALIEVE #Prayfor50 pic.twitter.com/88ccIYLjB2— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) December 11, 2017
Steelers linebacker James Harrison warms up before tonight’s game against the Ravens at Heinz Field. pic.twitter.com/o5Z7l4Sc0g— Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) December 10, 2017
The Steelers' Roosevelt Nix pays tribute to Ryan Shazier by wearing a '50' shirt during warm-ups before tonight's game against the Ravens at Heinz Field. #SNF pic.twitter.com/PePRcVbuLw— Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) December 11, 2017