Antonio Brown to honor Pat Tillman on his shoes

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown frequently wears custom shoes to honor people he admires, and on Veteran’s Day he announced that he’ll honor one of the most admired players in NFL history, Pat Tillman.

Brown tweeted an image of the shoes he plans to wear on Sunday, with one shoe showing Tillman in his Army Ranger uniform and one showing Tillman in his Arizona Cardinals uniform.

After deciding during the 2001 season that he wanted to do something to make a difference after the 9/11 attacks, Tillman walked away from a lucrative NFL contract and joined the U.S. Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 at the age of 27; he would have turned 40 this week.

Brown has previously honored people including Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Kimbo Slice and Jose Fernandez on his shoes. Although he wanted to wear the shoes during games, the NFL does not allow personal messages on uniforms and will only allow him to wear the shoes during pregame warmups.

64 responses to “Antonio Brown to honor Pat Tillman on his shoes

  1. This man he good taste in his shoes. And his design team, whoever they are, are extremely talented

  2. Yeah… that’s an honor.

    Twerking antonia brown is trying too hard.

    U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman… and… kimbo slice.

    This act is getting old.

  3. If that moron of a comminisher fines him for these, I’ll start one of those GO fund me things and raise the money. This is respect at the highest level. Well done sir.

  4. Hey NFL — wake up and take notice. You should be honoring this hero more

    The 40 yard line at every NFL stadium should be highlighted in recognition of Pat Tillman this weekend.

  5. Antonio is a great man..

    very refreshing at a time when liberals are doing what they do best- rioting, crying and acting like pathetic little babies, nice to see someone remember a true American hero in Pat Tillman…..

  6. I wish he would establish a crowdsource site for donations to pay the fines and then wear the shoes during a game. I bet if every reader on this site pitched in $5 it would cover the fine. Imagine if it went viral. That would certainly send a message to 345 Park Ave, wouldn’t it?

  7. Stink’n NFL…! Won’t even allow a Salute to a Veteran representing his country but also who’s make the NFL look good. So much of their “Salute to Service”…hypocrites!
    But, those shoes are bada** and I’m sure everyone will appreciate the honor by Brown!

  8. doctorrustbelt | Nov 12, 2016, 6:53 AM EST
    Yeah… that’s an honor.

    Twerking antonia brown is trying too hard.

    U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman… and… kimbo slice.

    This act is getting old.

    As a Vietnam Nam vet I love what AB is doing!

    And to the child who is getting tired of it …..your lax of appreciation reflects your selfish immaturity.

  9. Hmmmm….Play by the rules and wear shoes honoring a true American hero only during pre-game warmups or…kneel during the national anthem disrespecting veterans everywhere, whine about oppression as you make millions while “calling for change,” then DON’T exercise your right to vote and make a difference! I wonder which is worthy of respect!

  10. Yeah… that’s an honor.

    Twerking antonia brown is trying too hard.

    U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman… and… kimbo slice.

    This act is getting old.
    _________________
    Folks, this is the real definition of a true hater. And much disrespect to Tillman.

  11. Outstanding AB. This is the way to make a statement Wonder if Kap would willfully defend this country or just stay in the safe zone and let others do the dirty work then complain he is oppressed

  12. killerbill, there’s no question about who is worthy of respect. One is a self-centered attention getting narcissist trying to enhance his “brand” and thinks he can do it by disrespecting the flag and the Anthem of this country that Pat Tilman willingly walked into harm’s way and died for, and the other is a proud American respecting the very same man.

    I’m reminded of the classic “What’s the difference between a catfish and a lawyer?” One’s a slimy, scum-sucking, bottom-dwelling scavenger. The other is a fish.

  13. Get off your knees, steelers fans.

    No disrespect for Pat Tillman.

    I’m not dumb enough to buy what antonia brown is feeding the world.

    If antonia brown cared so much for Pat Tillman… why didn’t he honor Pat Tillman on his birthday Nov. 6th (last Sunday)?!?

    Oh… yeah… he was too busy “honoring” strip club bouncer/pornography industry security employee kimbo slice.

    FACT.

  14. The NFL should have a small commitee to decide on this. Players should be able to submit requests for uniform alterations to wear throughout the game. And in this case, AB should be allowed to wear them all game.

  15. This is just another attempt by AB to bring attention to himself…Props go to Pat Tillman, not to another wr diva thirsty for attention. Much respect to Tillman R.I.P., Thank you for your service!!! AB is simply exploiting a Great American to promote his brand…Yes, it is getting old!!!!!!

  16. Stink’n NFL…! Won’t even allow a Salute to a Veteran representing his country……………………………..

    But they will let you see Kaepernick and all his buddies.

    Strong language, NFL. Says more about league office character than words ever will.

  17. doctorrustbelt | Nov 12, 2016, 10:16 AM EST
    Get off your knees, steelers fans.

    No disrespect for Pat Tillman.

    I’m not dumb enough to buy what antonia brown is feeding the world.

    If antonia brown cared so much for Pat Tillman… why didn’t he honor Pat Tillman on his birthday Nov. 6th (last Sunday)?!?

    Oh… yeah… he was too busy “honoring” strip club bouncer/pornography industry security employee kimbo slice.

    FACT.

    Yes you are dumb enough to buy what AB is selling after all you think a Burfict is a class act.

    The date he chose to honor Tillman is more significant on Veterans Day than a birthday. But the,point is he is doing it….what’s you turd Burfict doing….probably tearing wings off flies one at a time.

  18. With everything that’s been written and said about Pat Tillman, it’s so sad how much is this know-nothing, rah-rah stuff. (Read this thread for plenty of great examples.) Antonio Brown spent what must have been a fortune on this instead of buying the Jon Krakauer book on Tillman’s life for less than ten bucks. I bet Brown doesn’t know what happened at the NFL’s memorial service, when Maria Shriver and John McCain, who also knew nothing about the guy, gave speeches with explicit mentions of God and a Christian afterlife. Right after, Tillman’s brother Richard took the mic and reacted with a bunch of words you can’t say on TV because oops, Tillman was an atheist. That’s one detail about Tillman that most people don’t know and when it comes to what most people don’t know, that’s not even scratching the surface. This is so, so selfish of Brown and what’s worse is that it’s working. Why are people suddenly on Team Antonio Brown? What did he do? He never quit the NFL so he could join the military! He just spent a bunch of money on an insanely ugly shoe customization because he knew that would get you thinking he’s a good guy!

    To be perfectly clear: Pat Tillman would have completely, absolutely hated this. He would have been enraged that Brown made such an empty, selfish, gaudy, expensive gesture when he could have donated all that money to a veterans’ charity. (And I don’t suppose he’d like the image, which looks nothing like the guy.) You can keep imagining that the guy was this selfless god-among-men that JJ Watt always acts like or you can actually pick up a book. Pat Tillman was far, far more complex than “saw 9/11 happen, left the NFL to sign up for the Army, died a hero.” Do what Antonio Brown couldn’t be bothered to do and get educated because it’s a heck of a life story.

  19. As a Pat’s fan, I see a lot of talk back and forth, from both rivals and non-rivals alike, such as from dr. barfbelt. He obviously chooses to ignore that AB is honoring a deceased NFL player in his own way, in his own style, and will probably have to pay a fine for doing so. Then, you have a player like burfict, who doesn’t know the meaning of honor and memorializing players, because he’s too busy injuring them.

    Good stuff, AB, good stuff.

  20. The Pat Tillman Foundation is a pretty cool way to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy and continue making things happen. I’ll match a donation of $50 if someone here wants to step up. Just say the word.

  21. This will definitely draw attention to AB’s favorite cause: HIMSELF.

  22. I recall Jake Plummer getting fined for wearing Pat Tillman’s # on his jersey w/o the nfl’s say so.. Antonio Brown I hope will wear the shoes all game and dare the NFL to fine him..they would of course, but it would be a bad look for them yet again

  23. “I’m afraid if I die, they’re going to make me into this symbol and they’re going to parade through the street … don’t let that happen.” -Pat Tillman

    Honor him by not using him as a marketing gimmick.

  24. majormeatcurtains says:
    Nov 12, 2016 9:49 PM

    This’ll offend someone.
    ————————————————————-
    It should offend anyone with a shred of decency that this clown AB is using a hero’s good name to promote himself.

  25. As a human being, I like the gesture. Pat Tillman deserves to be honoured. That guy is amazing.

    But as a Steelers fan, you can see where ABs heads at. Promoting himself, stats of recent reflect it.

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