I look forward to My Cause My Cleats every year. Not only because it gives me an opportunity to see what causes and organizations my teammates are passionate about, but for me, it always comes back to family.
My 21-year-old brother Devon lives with autism. The two of us have always been close and we came up with the idea of him helping me design my cleats when I first got into the NFL. We've worked on them together for the last five years.
Devon draws every day. It's his creative outlet. Since he's an artist, we decided to turn his drawings into something meaningful. It means a lot to me that we can do this together.
When I take the field on Sunday in my cleats, Devon will be in the stands at NRG Stadium which will make the game even more special. We chose red as the primary color of my cleats this year because our jerseys for this game will also be red.
Devon is one of two members of my family with autism. My nephew Armon also lives with the condition.
So many people know someone who has autism. Being able to bring awareness to this cause on the field means even more to me because I get to honor Devon and Armon. It's a tradition I hope continues for many years to come.
On Sunday, the Houston Texans will be joining players around the league to raise awareness about a cause close to their hearts by wearing it on their feet. This year, 35 Texans players, along with TORO, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Deep Steel Thunder, will all be participating in My Cause My Cleats.