Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson was getting a lot of support for wearing his cleats Sunday to honor victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Williamson wasn’t originally going to wear the cleats, but his coach Mike Mularkey told him he’d be disappointed if Williamson didn’t wear them. Mularkey said even though Williamson was threatened by a fine, he said he would pay for whatever penalty was coming Williamson’s way.
“If he gets a fine, I’m going to take care of it,” Mularkey told Titans Insider. He added that he wanted Williamson to do things the right way.
“I said, ‘I’m going to shoot you straight like I shoot everybody straight. If you don’t wear those shoes, I’ll be very disappointed in you,'” Mularkey said. “‘All I want from you guys is to do things the right way, and wearing those shoes is doing something the right way.'”
Williamson was going to auction off the shoes and donate the money to Operation Warrior Wishes, but decided to play in them first before auctioning them off. The Sporting News reported that the auction includes a “meet-and-greet, two VIP tickets to a Titans game and an autographed jersey.”