Cleats for a Cause

While some symptoms of MS are visible, often times, they’re not. Symptoms like fatigue, numbness, tingling and mood changes can bring a chorus of, “But you don’t look sick” comments your way.

Many celebrities, musicians, actors, athletes and politicians have decided to use their platforms to shine a light on what it means to live with MS.

This season, NFL players and coaches participated in My Cause, My Cleats, a program that allows players to wear custom cleats to promote causes important to them. Each team will have a designated home game to wear their cleats and help raise awareness. In the end, the cleats worn by each player will be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going to the cause of their choice.

This year, we’re honored that so many chose the National MS Society as their My Cause, My Cleats cause. Take a look below!

DJ Reed
Defensive back, San Francisco 49ers



“My dad has had MS since 2004, and I've seen the transformation firsthand and how it has impacted his life. I want to bring awareness to this disease,” says DJ.

Myles Garrett
Defensive end, Cleveland Browns



Miles’ cleats honor his grandmother, Pauline, who was diagnosed with MS.

Dirk Koetter
Head coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers



Dirk wore his shoes in honor of his mother and sister, who live with MS.

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He also pledged $5,000 to help support the work of the National MS Society.
 
Dan Feeney
Guard, Los Angeles Chargers

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"I first learned of the National MS Society two years ago when my sister joined the staff in Chicago. Over the last two years, I have become aware of all the good things they do, from fundraising and programs to help individuals and families affected by this disease. My hope in showcasing the Society for the My Cause, My Cleats campaign is to bring awareness to this disease and to be a part of the fight to end MS forever," Dan shares.

Sean Culkin
Tight end, Los Angeles Chargers

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“Blessed to have the opportunity to represent The National MS Society for My Cause, My Cleats this year. My grandpa, Richard Noggle, battled this disabling disease for many years. Thankful to honor my grandpa’s impact on my life and raise awareness to support the Society," says Sean.
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  • Margaret Chavez   Dec 19, 2018 9:38 PM
    I don't know much about football but this will make me pay more attention.
    I'll watch for the shoes!
  • Irene Faris   Dec 20, 2018 10:38 AM
    I am so excited that the NFL is helping us fight for a cure.
    I would love to see the orange cleats on game day.
  • Jennifer Becwar   Dec 20, 2018 10:41 AM
    I LOVE to see people who are in the spotlight and able to reach thousands shedding light on MS and the warriors who live with this disease every day! I just because a fan of each of these athletes! Now if we could get one of the Green Bay Packers to make this their cause, I'd be even HAPPIER!!
  • Steve Carnes   Dec 20, 2018 10:42 AM
    ROCK ON!! My beautiful wife was diagnosed with MS 28 years ago. Thank you SO much for helping to raise awareness to this terrible and unpredictable condition.

    "Symptoms like fatigue, numbness, tingling and mood changes can bring a chorus of, “But you don’t look sick” comments your way."" So true, and so wrong.
  • Judi Moore   Dec 20, 2018 10:43 AM
    I knew the NFL had cleats to show support for diseases but didn't know there were ones for MS, I will start watching and Thank you!
  • Susan I Klepacz   Dec 20, 2018 10:51 AM
    Thank you very much for your support of the MS Society.
  • Dawn Thom   Dec 20, 2018 10:51 AM
    I just want to say that it’s so amazing to see how much awareness for MS has evolved over the last 20 years. Many people has probably heard of MS but I feel until just recently more people are becoming aware of what MS truly is and how it affects the lives of not just the ones who have MS, but the caregivers and family members that inevitably have to come along for the ride. Really this post isn’t about me suffering from MS or really I should say SURVIVING MS. This post is to thank my husband who has been with me on this ten year journey through all the ups and downs. I’m lucky and thankful to have such an amazing support system. Bringing awareness of MS is important because it’s a disease that still have no cure and although advancements have been made over the last 20 years there’s still so much out there, doctors and researchers don’t know. We need support and awareness so that hopefully one day we can end this, and have a cure for this debilitating disease.
  • Jorge Luis De La Rosa   Dec 20, 2018 10:51 AM
    I always volunteer for bike ms but i like to get shoes like that need to know how to get them or where
  • Ruth   Dec 20, 2018 10:54 AM
    I think this is wonderful! Thank you for doing this and making people aware! I wish more teams would wear these
  • Brandy   Dec 20, 2018 11:00 AM
    Even tho im a die hard Packer fan, any man wearing them orange shoes gets my cheers! So amazing things like this even happen. 50 years ago this wouldnt have been possible. So happy.
  • Archie Triplett   Dec 20, 2018 11:06 AM
    I was diagnosed with PPMS in 2015 and I fight every day, I appreciate and continue to support all endeavors by fans and NFL players.
  • Angela McMiller   Dec 20, 2018 11:11 AM
    This warms my heart I am a avid football fan n I have had ms since 2010 thank you nfl for your support I am a bears fan so when they play in the Super Bowl send me a ticket
  • Bernice arms   Dec 20, 2018 11:14 AM
    I want to thank you for doing this i have m.s
  • Jeff Persi   Dec 20, 2018 11:25 AM
    This is truly amazing to honor those who are affected, past and present, with this ugly disease and to use their platform to bring awareness to MS.
    Raising a teenage son who is very active in football, and the college recruiting process, we only follow college football. After the whole debacle with #7 I have been so disappointed and discouraged with the NFL, and its athletes, and have decided to tune out the NFL moving forward. These men have certainly opened up my eyes and made me realize that we all believe and stand for different causes and beliefs.
    Having been diagnosed with PPMS (dx’d ‘15) I would really like to say Thank You to these gentlemen for choosing their platforms to bring awareness and raise money for MS research!
  • Devyn McCullen   Dec 20, 2018 11:27 AM
    I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago. Seeing NFL players supporting a cause like this makes my heart happy.
  • Kelly Devine   Dec 20, 2018 11:36 AM
    I was diagnosed 29 years ago. It makes me happy to see the NFL doing this. We don’t see much about this awful disease. Thank you for bringing awareness. Xoxo
  • Patricia Gusoff   Dec 20, 2018 11:39 AM
    I have had MS since 1996. Thank you for supporting our cause. I appreciate your effort to visually show others about this terrible disease. Please keep up the good work. Can other players join our team?
  • Robin Hall   Dec 20, 2018 11:42 AM
    I’m so glad you gentlemen are putting this on your cleats . I have MS so it means a lot to myself and others with MS . Thank you, Robin Hall ,Indiana
  • Jessica   Dec 20, 2018 12:01 PM
    I think this is just amazing!!! Thank you to the NFL for doing something where each player can pick their own cause - and thank you to those players that picked MS!! It’s great to see these players use their positions to leverages causes that are near and dear to them, and to so many others.
  • Kathleen Killam   Dec 20, 2018 12:02 PM
    This is truly wonderful. How can we contact these people to say how much this means to us, the people who have MS? I was diagnosed in 2011 and appreciate their support.
  • KO   Dec 20, 2018 12:13 PM
    Thank you to all who support and bring awareness to MS. You’re all Gods Angels!

    MS2017
  • RICHARDEN KING   Dec 20, 2018 12:30 PM
    i was diagnosis with M.S 04/2011. i was always so tired and exhausted to the point of coming from work and just going straight to bed only to wake up the same way tired and exhausted , i suffered vision loss in my left eyes 3 time and each but when vision return i refused to return to doctors for follow up it was not until i was made take by my son and was made to follow through all of the doctor's appointments is when i finally received the full information , i was told by my doctor that each time i had MRI it showed possible M.S that's when i seek treatment, i have my days of bad , good and really bad but when i see others that are suffering more than myself i thank God each day and pray for those , but i come to realized the we have the fear of the unknown once you know then you can handle it better it will not change what you are going through but you can get the help that you need, M.S i've never heard it until i was diagnosis i read about and almost died of the worse possible thing that could happen to me having to depend on someone to care for me but M.S is so funny that if you were not told that someone has it most of the time you will never know and i found that out after i spoke with my pastor and he sent me to speak with some that i saw and spoke with every sunday morning and never knew she had it, that gave me comfort and understanding that there was a way to manger it and today with medication i am thank God ,,i was using AVONEX from 2011 to 2017 when i had a very bad attach everything just went crazy i was out of work over 2 months , which had my doctor try another medication TYSABRI so i'm still using i had a new MRI and it showed additional lesion but i'm going to be okay because i know God will care for me , i saw this add and showed my grandson and told him to get cleats to show his support for M.S awareness.. he said yes but said they were very expensive but he would ,,lol so i will have to get those shoes for his track he said he can use his football ones for rugby but we will see
  • Herold Klein   Dec 20, 2018 12:38 PM
    while I personally cycle for MS and have done so for many years, I am THRILLED to be made aware of My Cause, My Cleats...What a great opportunity this is to raise awareness of MS as well as other meaningful causes...we need to find a way to expand this through ALL of our sports...NHL hockey has a player who has MS himself
  • Daria Vander Veer   Dec 20, 2018 1:06 PM
    A very heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing!
  • Caprice Lewis   Dec 20, 2018 1:34 PM
    Thanks for supporting us that live with MS this might help us to get further into reaching a cure thank you
  • Tina Neil   Dec 20, 2018 1:42 PM
    It is great to see so many people getting involved in the fight to end MS, I was diagnosed 4 years ago and every day is a battle. I was very excited to see that 2 players from my favorite team were supporting the MS society. Thank You so much.
  • Len Cirrintano   Dec 20, 2018 2:07 PM
    THANK YOU to ALL the players and coaches. All the cleats look awesome. As a lifelong 49er fan living in Chicago, I am now a DJ Reed fan for LIFE. Looking forward to seeing you guys beat the Bears this Sunday!
  • Michael Hanna   Dec 20, 2018 2:08 PM
    Wonderful to see them getting involved. Sorry to here that people they love are impacted with this disease
  • Kerri sherard   Dec 20, 2018 2:25 PM
    My oldest son 34 y/o was diagnosed with MS one year after loosing my youngest son his only brother. It is difficult to see my son suffer from MS . I appreciate everyone who brings awareness to this disease . Thank you to the NFL/players for using there platform for the fight against MS ❤️
  • Sue Mugavero   Dec 20, 2018 2:28 PM
    LOVE the color, LOVE the cleats, LOVE the cause. Thank you to the NFL for giving the athletes the chance to support and bring awareness to these causes. Having lived with MS since 2013 it is a silent, but deadly disease. You guys are CHAMPS in my book and turned a Viking lover into a multi team lover. All the cleats are great, but Miles, your cleats ROCK!
  • Anna Marie Clark   Dec 20, 2018 3:05 PM
    I myself have m.s. and was diognost Feb of 2014 i struggle every day even to do the most simple tasks but i make do and with wonderful people such as yourselfs i personally thank each and everyone of you for helping to end m.s. it's am honor to have people like yourselves that really care again thank you.i hope that i get to see you in person so that i can thank you properly.
  • Diane   Dec 20, 2018 3:34 PM
    This is fantastic! Thank you for bringing awareness to all and supporting this cause. One day, maybe, they will find a cure!
  • Nancy Stuckmayer   Dec 20, 2018 3:53 PM
    are there more than these 5 wearing shoes. Anybody from the Minnesota Vikings?
  • Rev. Maria Harris   Dec 20, 2018 3:59 PM
    Thank you, NFL players who have chosen to use your influence to bring awareness about this devastating disease. I have been living with MS for over 30 years. I am living witness that you can do all things through God who strengths you. Rev. Maria Harris
  • Brenda Lindsey   Dec 20, 2018 4:43 PM
    This is my 3rd time trying to send this
  • Bob Vince   Dec 20, 2018 4:50 PM
    My wife MS it's great to see such support from the NFL thanks to all for highlighting MS
  • Brenda Lindsey   Dec 20, 2018 4:52 PM
    This is my 3rd time trying to send the comment and I hope it works. I have had MS for over 30 years and it has caused me to be disabled and not work. I use to work 2 full time jobs and 2 part time jobs for 25 of the 30 years with MS so it has been a major adjustment for me. It has caused me to loose a lot of things and at times I get angry at myself for having it because I feel it has ruined my life. I pray everyday that NO ONE ELSE every gets this Life Altering Disease. I would LOVE to have a pair of these MS great shoes or cleats. How can I buy a pair. Please let me know as this would be a HIGHLIGHT in my life. Thank you again for bringing this to the public eye just as you do with Breast Cancer wearing Pink.
    Sincerely,
    Brenda Lindsey
  • Kristin Schmidt   Dec 20, 2018 5:23 PM
    MS is such a silent disease that affects millions, whether it is a family member, friend, or coworker. Thank you for advocating and shining a light on those of us that fight this beast!
  • Nicole Rowe   Dec 20, 2018 6:06 PM
    Thank
    You to the NFL players who are involved in this amazing cause! I have secondary progressive MS for 14 years and my son is my life and he’s terrified I’ll die and he wants to wear cleats like these for me at his first high school football game and if I had the money I would get them for him. I wonder if the Eagles are participating? My disease sucks and I’m very sick but I fight for myself and my son and I live and try to be a better person and give to others with illnesses too. Fatigue memory loss and depression and walking are my issues and I cannot walk to my sons games to watch him play football and he wore orange socks and orange arm band and he did it for me and everyone suffering from this disease. As a mother I want to be there for my son forever but forever isn’t a definite and I want him to always see my strength and courage and if I have to I’ll contact the NFL to see if he could wear these cleats and I know it’s probably impossible and not happen but I will do anything to show my son that his momma loves him and that he’s an amazing child for wearing orange to his game and got side lined for not wearing his school colors and he didn’t care he was doing it for a reason and just like these wonderful NFL players players are doing too. Thank you to all the NFL teams and players!
  • Beverly Osby   Dec 20, 2018 6:37 PM
    I'm a Washington Redskins fan and I'm so glad to see the NFL supporting the National MS Society. I was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and have participated in Walk Ms for 15 years. I hope I can win the bid for a pair of those MS Cleats for My Cause, My Cleats fundraiser!

    Hail to the Fight for MS!
  • Jon ragan   Dec 20, 2018 6:57 PM
    This is great....!!!! I have MS since 2012 ... It's a life changer for sure.. love the NFL. So thanks and please keep on it.. make it more then just a little push... Go make a statement.. GO HAWKS...!!
  • Greg Williams   Dec 20, 2018 7:31 PM
    Thank you, Thank you. I've waited for years to have a real public showing of concern for MS. Because the misunderstanding of the disease there was no support. This disease has been around much longer than Cancer which is also a terrible disease but it gets a lot of support, now with the NFL's help more people will want to be educated about MS and that will allow Washington to be more sympathetic when it comes to passing bills for research.
  • Lee Ann Michaelis   Dec 20, 2018 8:16 PM
    A big thank you to each and everyone of you for helping us fight this awful disease. I was diagnosed in 2007 and continue to fight everyday. Knowing their are people like you care, means a lot to me. May God Bless each and everyone of you!
  • Raymond Tate   Dec 20, 2018 8:58 PM
    Big ups to the NFL and the Players for helping shine the light on MS and helping with the fight
  • Denise Anthony   Dec 20, 2018 9:05 PM
    I was diagnosed in 2008 and my father also had MS. This disease impacted his life and now mine. I just wanted to say thank you to the Nfl and the players for their support. I am a true football fan. I will be watching for those cleats.
  • Lisa Tennihan   Dec 20, 2018 9:07 PM
    Thank you so much for joining the fight to help find a cure for MS. I was diagnosed in 2006 & have been very fortunate. I look forward to seeing these orange cleats come game day. GO PATS!!!
  • Lisa Tennihan   Dec 20, 2018 9:20 PM
    Thank you for you support to bring awareness and help to hopefully one day find a cure for MS. I was diagnosed in 2006 & have been very fortunate as far as the progression of the disease. I will be looking for the orange cleats come game day. GO PATS!!!
  • Monique Walters   Dec 20, 2018 9:42 PM
    Thank all of you so much for bringing awareness of this unpredictable disease! I was diagnosed young at 30 and as a wife and mother not many people understand it!
  • Michael Wehr   Dec 21, 2018 4:52 AM
    Thank you for supporting this horrible disease! My dad was a HUGE Cleveland Browns fan and suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for many years. I saw how debilitating this disease is. My two brothers and I still live knowing the possibility of being diagnosed ourselves. With my wife being a possible carrier for Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and with my lineage it took alot of faith in GOD for my wife and I to have a child. Our daughter, Anna Faith, is 14 tomorrow and is a wonderful, perfectly healthy, and amazing young woman! Her Sunday School/ youth group leader was recently diagnosed with MS, and so, once again this disease hits close to home. Again, thank you for your fight! It means alot when people in the public spotlight stand for something, because it shows the world that it IS worth fighting for!
  • Aaron   Dec 21, 2018 5:33 AM
    With Ms shoes we can continue to walk with stability for a cure
  • ADA Umana   Dec 21, 2018 6:54 AM
    I want to thank you everybody who is doing this to help i have m.s since 2013 God bless everybody
  • Deborah shea   Dec 21, 2018 6:59 AM
    Thanks for your support. I'm Redskins fan and will look for those cleats!!
  • Michael Cavicchia   Dec 21, 2018 7:49 AM
    I was diagnosed in 2005 with MS. I fall into the category that I have symptoms that are not visible all the time, but have an effect on my life. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful, supportive wife. Thank You to all the NFL players and their support.
  • Juli   Dec 21, 2018 8:35 AM
    Thank you for supporting MS!
  • Nancy Ramsey   Dec 21, 2018 2:34 PM
    I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE SOMETHING ABOUT MS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING THESE MS CLEATS. WISH WE COULD GET MS TENNIS SHOES, I'D BUY A PAIR. 36 YRS W/MS & GOING STRONG. THANKS AGAIN
  • Nancy Ramsey   Dec 21, 2018 2:43 PM
    Thanks for showing your support for MS, I wish you could make these in tennis shoes, I'd buy a pair. I'm sure a lot of people would since it's considered a rare disease. I've had it 36 yrs and still going strong. Thanks again, LOVE THEM, BUT WOULD BUY A PAIR OF TENNIS'S SHOES IF THEY WOULD MAKE THEM, THANKS AGAIN
  • Nannette Henry   Dec 21, 2018 4:56 PM
    I have been living with Ms since 2001. Awareness is paramount with this disease. Seeing the players with the shoes and reading their stories is heartwarming. God bless them and theirs
  • Val   Dec 21, 2018 8:30 PM
    Reading this leaves a warm feeling in my heart . The world is more beautiful today because of people like you. Thank you,thank you thank you.
  • Therese Hogue   Dec 21, 2018 9:06 PM
    Thank you very much for caring about helping out the NMSS and those people who you know that have been affected by it. I have been diagnosed now for 18years and I think I am very lucky so far that I am still able to walk. Have notice memory problems and tingling getting worse.
    Anyways keep up the great work.
  • Debra Dobberstein   Dec 21, 2018 10:58 PM
    Thank you so much for your support of MS. Ilive with MS and any awareness and support is greatly appreciated. Love watching football and glad to see you guys 'putting your foot in it' to help. Wish you all the best of success and may God Bless you❤
  • Jasmine Gatlin   Dec 21, 2018 11:14 PM
    I love that the NFL is recognizing MS The time is Now!! We need a Cure. Thanks for shining a light :)
  • Pamela   Dec 22, 2018 1:01 PM
    I always wondered why the NFL didn't recognize MS like they do breast cancer but now you are. Thank you, we need all the support we can get. I'll be watching for those orange cleats!
  • Kris OBrien   Dec 29, 2018 10:56 AM
    I was diagnosed 2 years ago on my 43rd birthday with this horrible disease. It has changed me completely but definitely made me a more compassionate human being. Thanks so much for your support!!!
  • Judith Seramur   Dec 29, 2018 1:17 PM
    Thank you to those players and coaches in the NFL who have brought awareness to their teams and cities! I would love to see all the players wearing Orange shoes, wristbands, headbands and towels in support of MS and bring awareness to the NFL nation like they do when they wear Pink for Breast Cancer awareness.
    #livingwithMS #togetherwearestronger #jointhemovement
  • Carol A Krohn   Dec 29, 2018 11:09 PM
    Think it's wonderful that the NFL is actually doing something that is not going to offend anyone, it can help all of this with this terrible disease. I was diagnosed 12 years ago. I myself would be interested in getting a pair of these shoes (no need for cleats though) if they were to become available for purchase. Like the first one and the high tops. For women of course, if not, again thank you NFL.
  • Paige Smith   Jan 2, 2019 1:31 PM
    God bless all the athletes for bringing attention to this hideous disease!
  • Kim Grage   Jan 5, 2019 2:56 PM
    So amazing that these players and coach have made a connection with MS, thank you for your support and your voice for us with MS.
  • Rick Kovacik   Jan 12, 2019 12:59 PM
    My wife Cynthia, challenged with MS for 22 years continues to challenge this disease daily, fighting the fight, inspiring me and so many others with courage, poise and heartfelt compassion for other warriors (love the term Jenefer) who also fight the fight.

    Cindy, an avid sports fan, follows teams and players across the country and is always moved by the kindness and generosity shown by professional athletes, the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and so many other sports organizations. I humbly speak for Cindy and all true warriors, and in many cases their caregivers, who are deeply appreciative.