From CSJ Reports–
During week 13 of the NFL season, athletes were given the chance to wear specially designed cleats to spread the word about various charities or social messages that they wanted to share through their individual platforms.
Several athletes in particular participated in the event (dubbed My Cause, My Cleats) to share their Christian faith.
For San Diego Chargers safety Darrell Stuckey II and Los Angeles Rams defensive back Cody Davis, it was a unique opportunity to tell their fans about Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a sports ministry organization that impacts hundreds of thousands of student-athletes every year from middle school through college.
Houston Texans defensive end sported a message aimed at raising awareness for sinus cancer and support for the American Cancer Society. But also prominently displayed was the message: “Worthy is the Lamb.”
Washington Redskins quarterback chose to honor the difficult work done through International Justice Mission (IJM), an anti-trafficking organization led by noted Christian activist Gary Haugen.
And then there was Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz who shared the message of AO1 (Audience of One) and Romans 5:8:
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV)
“How cool is that,” Wentz explained in an online video. “The creator of the universe loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for all of humanity.
Wentz wasn’t the only one wearing the AO1 design. Several teammates joined him including Marcus Smith, Jordan Matthews, Jordan Hicks, and Kamu Grugier-Hill.
Here’s a look at how some of these cleats were revealed through social media:
And here’s the video that Carson Wentz and his Eagles teammates created to share their faith-inspired design:
(Photos via Twitter, Instagram)