LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tennessee Titans linebacker and former Kentucky Wildcat Avery Williamson had plans to honor victims of 9-11 by wearing patriotic cleats during the Titans season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Williamson's plan was to auction off the cleats after the game with proceeds going to Operation Warrior Wishes. His plan changed momentarily when the NFL threated to fine Williamson if he wore the cleats for a uniform violation.
However Williamson decided he would wear the cleats anyway after several New York and New Jersey police associations reached out to Williamson and offered to pay whatever fine the NFL imposed.
"I got so much support across the country and especially when the New York and New Jersey police unions said that they would pay my fine, that really meant a lot," said Williamson. "So I felt like if I didn't wear them it would be just, I don't know I just wouldn't have felt good about it. I felt like I had to do that for myself and to represent the people that were lost and the people that do their jobs everyday to protect us."
At this time it is not known if or how much Williamson could be fined for wearing the patriotic cleats.