Patriots QB Cam Newton rocked awesome Chadwick Boseman cleats on Sunday vs the Raiders.
Coming off a fiery performance against the Seahawks that came inches short of being his first (of likely many) dramatic comebacks in a Patriots uniform, Cam Newton is entering Week 3 feeling like an unstoppable force in the clutch.
And his custom cleats for this battle with the Raiders are only going to further reinforce that notion.
Newton showed up to Sunday warmups rocking Under Armour cleats that serve as both an incredible look and a heartwarming tribute to fallen hero Chadwick Boseman, who passed away this August following a secret four-year battle with cancer.
First off, these things would be fire, regardless of the symbolism.
But out of all the Boseman tributes we’ve seen leak into the sports world thus far, these cleats, depicting Superman flying with T’Challa’s Black Panther helmet in a moment of solace, are probably the most intricate.
Boseman was an inspiration to generation upon generations of African-Americans, who watched him create an eternal hero for them in a universe previously dominated by caucasian faces, and also watched him embody a wide swath of the most iconic real-life participants in the Civil Rights revolution, across the spectrum from Jackie Robinson to James Brown.
It’s now up to Newton to take inspiration from Boseman, who brought to life countless influential characters while under extreme duress, fighting a battle he’d never let anyone know he was going through.
Newton, always a hero to the youth in whatever locale he’s currently dominating in, has certainly embodied a similar charitable attitude throughout his career. While his time with the Patriots may still be short, with every impressive outing, it becomes more likely that the children of the region will have Newton to look up to for quite a while.
And on this Sunday, he’s proving once again that he’s taken the right lessons from the proper heroes.