Daily Brew: Texan players share causes for My Cause, My Cleats game

On Sunday, the Houston Texans will be wearing their custom cleats for the NFL's fourth annual My Cause, My Cleats campaign. After the game, players will have an opportunity to raise funds for their causes by auctioning off their cleats at NFL Auction where 100 percent of the funds raised will be donated to their selected charities.

Texans players had a chance to check out their custom cleats on Wednesday. A number of players shared how they selected their cause:

Lonnie Johnson – Ending Gun Violence, TEAM ENOUGH

Johnson wanted to bring awareness to the number of deaths caused by gun violence, especially in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. He decided during his junior year at Kentucky that if he made it in the NFL, he would represent this cause.

Max Scharping – Alzheimer's Awareness

Both of the starting left guard's late grandparents, Frederick and Dorothy Scharping, had Alzheimer's. Scharping has their initials on each of his cleats.

Jordan Thomas – Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Thomas lost a close friend from college to ovarian cancer. Alex Wilcox played softball at Mississippi State and died her freshman year. Thomas had her quote incorporated on his cleats in her memory. "Keep fighting and keep pushing every single day. Don't ever let anything slow you down."

Johnathan Joseph – Underserved Youth, The Boys & Girls Club and Positive Black Male Association of Houston

Joseph wanted to represent The Boys & Girls Club since he often visited his local club in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The veteran cornerback said that he and his cousins would go to the Boys & Girls Club every day after school, where they would watch over them until his parents got off work.

DeAndre Carter - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Buddy Howell - Underserved Youth & Dementia/Alzheimer's, The Boys & Girls Club

Cullen Gillaspia - Kidz 1st Fund

Fans may bid on these cleats at NFL.com/Auction to help the players raise funds for their causes. Check out the other causes that Texans players will be representing on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

For the fourth year, the NFL gave players the opportunity to highlight causes important to them through the My Cause My Cleats initiative. Players will wear custom-designed cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes this weekend. More than 35 Texans players are participating.

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