Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans is the latest sports athlete to make a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn. prior to the NFL‘s Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets.
On his cleats, Johnson wrote all the names of the shooting victims, stretching across his shoes’ entire canvas. This is just another example of an athlete realizing that there are things more important than the sport that they devote their lives to each day.
While this is not as noted as other athletes speaking out against the violence, it is just as inspiring as Johnson, a player who usually keeps to himself, made it known that he is thinking of the terrible tragedy.
It’s almost as if all the victims of the fatal shooting were looking over him on Monday night, and the names on his shoes carried him 94 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Johnson also wrote the initials of the elementary school on his shoe spelling out “RIP SHES”.
The running back wasn’t the only one paying homage to the second-deadliest school shooting in American history as the New York Jets wore a sticker on the back of their helmets also with “S.H.E.S.” on it.
This game is filled with emotion and everyone has come together to support one community– Newtown.
While this shooting has been one of the ugliest scenes in the history of this country, it has also brought many people together, showing that there is more to life than sports.
This is a prime example of athletes paying tribute to something that is bigger and more important than themselves.
Bravo, Chris Johnson and the New York Jets. Bravo.