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Golden Tate honors 9/11 victims, first responders on cleats

DETROIT – Golden Tate has spent the past couple of seasons doing what he could to honor veterans and first responders – from his charity efforts to inviting veterans to his suite for games.

On Sunday, the day before the 9/11 anniversary, the Detroit Lions wide receiver took his message to his cleats.

Tate posted the cleats on his Instagram page Sunday morning with a stenciled drawing of first responders and the American flag on one shoe and the image of the Twin Towers on the other shoe. On the two shoes combined, he had “Land of the Free” and “Because of the Brave” written.

It also comes the day before Tate’s Stars and Strikes bowling fundraiser on Monday.

Earlier this preseason, Tate said he was going to contemplate doing different things with his cleats this year, but wasn’t positive what he was going to do yet.

"I'm not going to lie," Tate said. "I was pretty excited that we've been OK'd to be a white-shoe team and I think they changed the rule [last month] that every team could wear a majority white, majority black so I'm kind of bummed that now we're just in a pool with everybody. But I don't know. I don't know.

"It kind of depends on how much leeway we have with that. I don't know what the exact rule was last year. I know I didn't get fined last year for my cleats or anything, so that's good."