Patriots Take Part in the ‘My Cause My Cleats’ Program – If They Filled Out the Paperwork …

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The New England Patriots are among the many NFL teams taking part in the second annual “My Cause My Cleats” program that kicked off on Giving Tuesday.

Players and coaches including Bill Belichick, Nate Solder, James White, Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty got their customized cleats, which they will wear this weekend to support their favorite non-profit organization.

Over the past two years, more than 500 players have backed worthy causes such as raising awareness for those battling diseases, getting clean water to Third World countries, domestic violence support and animal rights groups, cancer research and the Wounded Warriors. 

Brady will be wearing cleats for Best Buddies, which he’s supported for many years, and for The Ellie Fund, one close to his heart since his mom’s cancer diagnosis.

According to Sports Illustrated, players can wear the personalized cleats for pregame warm-ups – as long as they’re not offensive or express any political views.

The only downside of the worthy campaign is that participants had to fill out paperwork for it and submit by a certain deadline date. 

And with the Patriots busy schedule and string of road games, that became Gronk’s Achilles’ heel.

Rob recorded a video – while sitting on his medicine ball getting in some extra sit-ups – for “Uninterrupted” on Tuesday night where he admitted that “obviously I forgot to fill out the paperwork, didn’t get it in on time. But if I would've filled it out, it would have been to my foundation – the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation – giving back to the kids out there so they have the opportunity to do all the things they need around them, the tools they need, the equipment they need to be successful and get to the next level," he said.

“As a kid I had that, so I want to help out kids who are in need, for example donating new football equipment, football pads, Pop Warner teams,” Rob added.

Gronk went on to reveal that he just had a kid hang out with him and their story is going to air on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” or “NFL Countdown” in December.

"The kid’s name was Rob, because that’s how us Robs do it, when you check it out, it’s going to be cool. “

While he won’t be wearing special cleats on Sunday, you can bet that Gronk will be bringing his all to the Pats-Bills game “in his hometown” of Buffalo.

Click here to learn more about the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation – and to see how you can sign up for Team Sweat to run in next year’s Boston Marathon. Go on, we dare you!


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