Former Maryland football player Josh Woods honors Jordan McNair through “My Cause My Cleats”
Defensive back Josh Woods makes an open field tackle during Maryland’s 50-7 homecoming victory over Purdue on Oct. 1, 2016 at Maryland Stadium. (Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
For the third straight season, the NFL is allowing players to wear customized cleats on the field for their “My Cause My Cleats” campaign. “My Cause My Cleats” encourages players to dedicate their cleats to a specific cause, whether it be cancer, domestic violence, social justice or anything in between.
Former Maryland defensive back Josh Woods, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears, customized his cleats to honor the memory of the late Jordan McNair.
Woods showed off his McNair-inspired cleats on social media before the Bears’ Thursday night game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Today is our #MyCauseMyCleats game! On my cleats, I chose to pay homage to my late teammate and friend, Jordan McNair. I wanted to make sure Jordan got a chance to live out his dream and play in an NFL game! pic.twitter.com/4A79DRz25o
— Josh Woods (@allhail_JWoods) December 5, 2019
The left cleat honors McNair’s time at the University of Maryland, featuring the Terrapins’ logo, a Maryland flag design and McNair’s No. 79.
The right cleat honors McNair’s time at Maurice J. McDonough High School. McDonough’s logo is printed on the front of the right cleat and the typical black Nike swoosh is printed over the No. 70, which McNair wore in high school.
McNair’s initials are printed on the back of both cleats.