Chris Perkins: Through custom cleats, Dolphins show what's on their minds and in their hearts

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It’s not easy for Dolphins quarterback Mike White to go out to eat with his family. His 2-year-old daughter, Millie, has a peanut allergy. Consequently, they must always be aware, they must always be vigilant.

“It changes the way you think about things and, honestly, the way you live,” he said.

White is among hundreds of players across the NFL, and a few dozen Miami Dolphins players and coaches participating in the annual “My Cause, My Cleats” program this week. The program allows players to promote causes that are meaningful to them with custom cleats.

Usually this column is reserved for on-field football stuff. And in a sense, that’s what this is because the cleats are on the field.

But going a step further, it’s always good to see players in a different light, more human, more personable and talk to them about things other than football.

The “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign helps in that respect.


Plus, the Dolphins have admirable diversity among their causes.

White’s cleats, which he’ll wear during the Dolphins’ game against Tennessee on Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium, represents FARE, which stands for Food Allergy Research & Education.

Similarly, offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg will wear cleats supporting Weish4Ever, The Andrew Weishar Foundation, which provides financial assistance to families with adolescents and young adults battling cancer. Andrew Weishar died of colorectal cancer in 2012. Andrew’s younger brother, Nic, was a tight end and Eichenberg’s teammate at Notre Dame.

“Nic was one of my close friends in college,” Eichenberg said. “I knew I always wanted to help support his foundation so I figured what’s a better time than now?”


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