Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson plans to honor Nipsey Hussle this year by wearing custom cleats.
The 2019 NFL season isn’t set to begin until September. However, it isn’t too early for Philadelphia Eagles’ veteran wideout DeSean Jackson to prepare his fit for the season opener and beyond. Like many athletes in the league, Jackson plans to play with custom cleats, that features a design. Typically, when players have on custom cleats, they are for some sort of cause or just a symbol to represent themselves. In Jackson’s case, his design will be a dedicated memorial.
Ermias Asghedom, known by his stage name ‘Nipsey Hussle’ recently passed away in his home state of California after being shot multiple times out front of his store in Los Angeles. The sudden passing of the legendary rapper caused a huge stir in the Hip-Hop world, but it wasn’t just limited to music.
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As sports have become a major part of Hip-Hop culture over the years, the professional sports world was also deeply affected by Nipsey’s passing.
As a California-born athlete, DeSean Jackson plans to honor the late rapper throughout the 2019 NFL season by rocking custom cleats. He won’t wear the same pair every game though. Instead, Jackson will have a new pair for each of the 16 weeks he will play on Sunday, Monday, or Thursday. The Eagles’ wideout took to Instagram on Wednesday to show off the first couple of pairs.
“Lock us behind gates but can’t tame us, used to be stay safe, now it’s stay dangerous,” Jackson quoted lyrics from Nipsey Hussle’s song titled ‘Dedication’ off of his album called ‘Victory Lap.’ It’s unclear if Jackson will begin his weekly trend of rocking the cleats during the preseason or not. But in case he doesn’t, we will be sure to see them for the first time when the Eagles take on the Washington Redskins at home on September 8th. That will be Jackson’s homecoming.