Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Steelers receiver Brown pays tribute to late Marlins, Alonso pitcher Fernandez with custom cleats

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, a Miami native, will wear these customized cleats in posthumous tribute to South Florida athletes Kimbo Slice (left) and Jose Fernandez (right) on Sunday against the Dolphins at Miami. Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Marlins and at Alonso High, died in a boating accident last month.

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, a Miami native, will wear these customized cleats in posthumous tribute to South Florida athletes Kimbo Slice (left) and Jose Fernandez (right) on Sunday against the Dolphins at Miami. Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Marlins and at Alonso High, died in a boating accident last month.

The latest customized cleats from Steelers receiver Antonio Brown have posthumous tributes to South Florida athletes Kimbo Slice and Jose Fernandez. Brown is a Miami native, and the Steelers visit the Dolphins on Sunday.

Slice, an MMA fighter, died in June of heart issues. Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Marlins and at Alonso High, died last month in a boat accident off Miami Beach.

Brown also has worn customized cleats this season featuring his four children, Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali, sometimes incurring the displeasure of the NFL's uniform police.

Brown was allowed to wear the Palmer cleats in an Oct. 2 game against the Chiefs after the golfing great's death last month. He said he was fined for wearing the Ali shoes in last weekend's game against the Jets. After ignoring an NFL uniform inspector's request that he remove the shoes before the game, coach Mike Tomlin ordered Brown to take them off in the first half.

Brown said Friday he plans to follow the NFL rules on Sunday, which presumably means he'll wear the tribute shoes during warmups.

After Brown put a picture of Sunday's cleats on Twitter, Marlins infielder Dee Gordon and pitcher Tom Koehler wrote Brown their appreciation of the gesture.

"Respect on them cleats Sunday!" Gordon wrote on Twitter.

"Seen a lot of tributes these last weeks," Koehler wrote. "Yours are truly one of a kind."

Steelers receiver Brown pays tribute to late Marlins, Alonso pitcher Fernandez with custom cleats 10/15/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Minors also a training ground for umpires with big-league dreams

    The Heater

    Umpire Tom Fornarola, 23, left, and Taylor Payne, 24, facing, talk before the start of the Gulf Coast League game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at the Tigertown complex in Lakeland, Fla. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
  2. For starters: Souza not in lineup vs. Rangers

    Blogs

     

  3. Remember that famous Fred McGriff TV commercial? He's back, in a parody

    Blogs

    If you've ever seen Fred McGriff's TV commerical for Tom Emanski's Defensive Drills video it will always be fresh in your mind, with the deadpan delivery and famously ill-fitting cap.

  4. Fennelly: Is Charlie Strong the anti-Freeze?

    College

    The Hugh Sleaze era at Ole Mess is over.

    Hugh Freeze resigned as head football coach Thursday to avoid being fired by Mississippi school officials. For those of you who had NCAA violations and investigations in the pool, you were wrong. Nor was it the defamation lawsuit filed against the school by former Rebels …

    FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2016, file photo, Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze pauses during a timeout in the team's NCAA college football game against Florida State in Orlando, Fla. Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure. The school confirmed Freeze's resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) NY176
  5. Rowdies part of a record-setting season for USL attendance

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Although Rowdies fans haven't had many recent opportunities to show out at Al Lang, the United Soccer League turnstiles keep turning at a record rate.

    A Rowdies fan waves flags ahead of the first half of the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando City B at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, March 25, 2017.