A couple of years ago, the NFL decided to give the players a chance to support a cause they’re passionate about with the My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Guys could show off their custom cleats and do it for a good cause.
This is something that is really important to a lot of guys. We all have causes we believe strongly in and want to help. The My Cause, My Cleats Campaign gives guys a chance to raise awareness about something near and dear to them.
For me, that cause is the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, an emergency shelter for young adults (18-25 years old).
I know what it feels like not have a safe place to call home. Back in 2013, I was on a break from school and visiting my parents over the holidays when a fire broke out. After we made sure everyone got out, my stepdad and I tried to use a couple of garden hoses to fight it. But it was a losing battle. We eventually gave up and did the only thing we could.
We huddled with the rest of the family on a porch across the street and watched our home burn to the ground.
I just remember this moment where we were outside. My mom was on the curb, and she was crying. We just had to look at our house while it burned down. So that’s something that’s always played over and over in my head.
I told my mom when I made it to the NFL, if I get the chance, I’m going to use this platform and try to help out as much as I can. My agent and my team got me in contact with ROOTS, and I saw what they were doing here. It was amazing. I knew I wanted to get involved with it. I wanted to be a supporter of it. I’m just blessed that I got to meet these people and help out as best I can.
When I see people in and around Seattle living in tents, I remember how that could have been my family just a few short years ago. So, if I can harness whatever name recognition I have to help this great cause fulfill its mission, I am happy to do so.
I’ll be wearing my custom cleats during our Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 2nd. I am very excited about the opportunity to support such a great cause. If you would like to know more about ROOTS or want to get involved, check out their website at www.rootsinfo.org for more information.