Rex Putting His Best Foot Forward

Rex Putting His Best Foot Forward

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Last week, more then 500 NFL players laced up customized cleats to support and their causes. One of those players was Team Jack Board of Director, Rex Burkhead.

On November 30, the NFL rolled out its "My Cause, My Cleats" initiative, which allowed players to wear customized cleats to raise awareness for a specific cause or charity during week 13 games. Players worked directly with Nike, Under Armour and Adidas to design their cleats, each which tells its own story.

Rex Burkhead, Team Jack Foundation board member, Cincinnati Bengals running back, and former Husker, sported cleats in honor of the Team Jack Foundation. The cleats worn during the game were red and black, with a grey ribbon, which represents brain tumor awareness. The cleats also included the silhouette of a child wearing No. 22 standing next to a football player which is the Team Jack Foundation’s logo.

"It's huge," Burkhead said of the opportunity to show the cleats to a new audience. "This platform, it's a small opportunity you have, a small window. Just to make the most of it is what I try to do. For an opportunity like this, to get the awareness out there for pediatric brain cancer. Because it's a not a very heavily funded disease, so it needs that awareness out there to help people donate to the cause."

Burkhead is coming off his most productive game of the season in week 12, leading the team in snaps and carrying the ball five times for 29 yards, while adding two catches for 19 yards. During week 13’s game, Burkhead had 8 carries for 38 yards.

Burkhead will be attending the Team Jack Foundation Gala presented by Fat Brain Toys on February 25, 2017 as a special guest, along with keynote speaker, Eric Berry from the Kansas City Chiefs who all participated in the My Cause, My Cleats Campaign to raise awareness for Hodkins Lymphoma. 

"There's still work that needs to be done, and it's still cool that I'm able to relay that message to people," Burkhead said. "We're going to keep fighting. The foundation has done a great job, raised over $3 million since its founding. It's just an unbelievable cause to be a part of it and it's cool to see it spread across the country ...” 

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