Connor Duffy is a 6-foot-8, 300-pound tackle on the Kingsway Regional High School football team whose upcoming season is in jeopardy because he has size 22 feet and can’t find cleats that fit.
His mom is hoping the NFL can help the family find some shoe company, somewhere, that will make size 22 cleats.
“We [searched for] size 22, and found a lady in Florida whose son had a size 20 cleat,” Connor’s mom told the Gloucester County Times. “They finally got help from the Miami Dolphins, I think. We don’t want somebody to pay for the cleats. We just need somebody to make them. I’ll pay for them.”
Connor has size 22 basketball shoes, but his coach says he needs cleats to play football on grass. During his sophomore season Connor wore size 18 cleats, but his feet have grown by four sizes since then.
“They go up to 19, and after that they only sell them to special athletes,” Connor said. “We had minicamp in June, and I’ve been looking for cleats since the end of minicamp. I thought I could just find them online, but I guess I can’t.”
A quick search of NFL players’ shoe sizes didn’t reveal anyone whose feet are as big as Connor’s. But here’s hoping someone in the NFL, or the shoe industry, hears about Connor’s feet and gives him a hand.