A day after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Carolina Panthers' star quarterback Cam Newton wore a tribute to first responders on his shoes ahead of their Thursday Night Game.
The Carolina Panthers' official social media account tweeted images of Newton praying while wearing the shoes before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Never Forget," they tweeted, with an emoji symbol of prayer.
Brian Hall of WFMY documented the shoes on his Twitter feed as well, indicating that Newton wore them for the warm-up session.
This is not the first time that Newton has shown respect for 9/11 first responders. On Sept. 11, 2011, he wore shoes with a tribute to the New York Fire Department.
The NFL has had to deal with a national controversy over players who protested for the "Black Lives Matter" movement by taking a knee during the national anthem at games, instead of the traditional show of respect. Critics pilloried the popular and lucrative league for not doing enough to shut down what they saw as disrespectful to the flag.
President Donald Trump tossed gas onto the firestorm when he pilloried NFL players and owners for the controversy during his speech at a rally in September 2017.