This week, the NFL allows its players to personalize their cleats with any flair or message (within reason). A majority of active players choose to promote causes that they champion away from the field — many of which resonate personally with the men wearing the equipement.
There are many great charitable causes that will have their time in the Sun during week 13. For Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns, his cause hits close to home for some South Florida residents. On February 18th, 2018, 17 people lost their lives in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The senseless violence that took 17 individuals far too soon caused sadness, fuelled outrage and sparked a debate that would reverberate across the nation.
In the wake of this tragedy, many students, parents and teachers went on to become activists, seeking to change the narrative of the conversation. Hurns sympathized with those affected by the tragedy and did whatever he could to bring awareness and to honor the victims. After joining the Cowboys this past offseason, Hurns changed his number from No. 88, a number that he wore for four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, to 17. The change was made to honor each life lost in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas.
Hurns, who played for the Hurricanes from 2010-2013, continues to support the high school and community in any way possible. The wideout is advocate for the #makeourschoolssafe campaign, aimed at helping schools across the country be prepared for shootings. You can find more information on the cause at makeourschoolssafe.org.
Hurns will be showing his support to Stoneman Douglas when the Cowboys take on the Saints in Thursday Night Football.
Allen Hurns Video:
“I changed my number to 17 for the Stoneman Douglas shooting.”— NFL (@NFL) November 27, 2018
It’s the first change of many @A1hurns hopes to make. #MyCauseMyCleats
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