Top NFL Draft Prospect
Custom Cleats to Honor Cancer Patient
… At NFL Combine
13 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coats — a projected 1st round NFL Draft pick — customized his cleats at the NFL Combine to honor a 12-year-old girl with leukemia … TMZ Sports has learned.
Coats became friends with Kenzie Ray after she attended a game back in 2013 — and they’ve maintained a strong friendship ever since.
And get this … Coats recently signed a deal with Under Armour — and the shoe giant flew out famous cleats customizer David Zambrana (aka DezCustomz) to pimp out some shoes for UA’s top guys.
We’re told Coats knew exactly what he wanted — and worked with Dez (along with Kreative Custom Kicks) to pay tribute to his friend Kenzie.
Dez obliged with a VERY cool set of cleats which features Kenzie’s name right across the toe.
And that’s not all … Dez says there were other guys who also asked for heartwarming tributes to the people they care about the most. For example:
— South Carolina RB Mike Davis requested shoes in honor of his mother, who’s his best friend and biggest inspiration.
— Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne dedicated his cleats to his late grandmother — who was very special to him.
Makes you wanna root even harder for these guys, right!?