New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is paying homage to his favorite baseball stars.
For Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, Brees sported a pair of custom cleats that feature baseball legend Ted Williams. The Saints’ Twitter account shared a series of photos of the shoes — designed by Marcus Rivero of Soles by Sir — and revealed that Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox, is the reason Brees wears the number nine on his jersey.
The cleats, which feature a black and gold colorway, are adorned with a hand painting of Williams with the number nine at the side. At the other side, Brees highlights Ken Griffey Jr., Satchel Paige and Nolan Ryan with Rivero showcasing them in-motion alongside their jersey numbers as well. Other noticeable details about the cleats include, a white midsole and metallic gold studs.
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Rivero also showed off the cleats on his personal Instagram account, writing: “This year my brother @drewbrees wanted to honor 4 of his favorite baseball players, being that Drew grew up a multi sport player. The first up was the LEGENDARY Ted Williams of the @redsox.”
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This isn’t the first time Brees has worn special cleats by Rivero. Back in 2019, the football star sported a different set that were adorned with the team’s signature phrase: “Who Dat.” The shoes were also a sweet nod to his family as they included the name of his wife Brittany Brees, and their four kids: Baylen, Bowen, Callen and Rylen.
That same year in July, Brees leaned on Rivero again for a pair of custom Supreme x Louis Vuitton cleats, which he wore at Saints training camp.