San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Earl Mitchell wore Connor’s Cure–inspired cleats on Sunday, Dec. 16, as part of the NFL’s annual “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative.
Mitchell, an avid WWE fan, sat ringside at WrestleMania this year with teammate George Kittle. So, as “My Cause, My Cleats” approached, Mitchell looked to his WWE fandom for a cause.
“I always thought Connor’s Cure was pretty cool,” Mitchell told 49ers.com. “I’ve gone on quite a few hospital visits during my time in the NFL, and I’ve seen a lot of kids dealing with pediatric cancer.”
The shoes not only raised awareness for Connor’s Cure, but they will also be auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds benefiting the fund established by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in honor of Connor Michalek. The cleats, designed by TRAGIK MCMXCIII, featured the Connor’s Cure logo and Connor’s nickname, “The Crusher.”
Congrats on the HUGE 26-23 win today @49ers! Thank you @EarlMitchell90 for raising awareness for pediatric cancer research today with your @ConnorsCure cleats! A little extra luck from “The Crusher” went a long way!!! #MyCauseMyCleats pic.twitter.com/2YMHsAC50J
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) December 17, 2018
The Usos and Naomi went to Levi's Stadium to cheer on Mitchell and company as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks in thrilling fashion. After the 49ers won, Mitchell and his teammates went to WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs to catch the action.