NFL star Reggie Bush will honour slain Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Joe McKnight with a pair of custom cleats he plans to wear on Sunday.
Both Bush and McKnight played at the University of California and the cleats will feature an image of McKnight in his USC uniform. Bush’s Buffalo Bills travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders at 4 p.m. EST.
Bush tweeted out a picture of the cleats on Saturday.
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 3, 2016
McKnight was fatally shot Thursday in what is being described as a road-rage dispute outside New Orleans. Police have said that Ronald Gasser, 54, shot McKnight but he has not been formally charged and is not in custody.
A New Orleans native, McKnight played his first game at USC in 2007, a year after Bush left to join the New Orleans Saints. The two reportedly became close over the years.
RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016
McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to the CFL, joining the Edmonton Eskimos this spring. He was signed to Saskatchewan’s practice roster on Sept. 26, and he ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start on Oct. 15 as the Roughriders beat Toronto 29-11.
He finished the 2016 season with 228 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards over five games with Edmonton and Saskatchewan.
NFL players normally aren’t permitted to wear custom cleats, but this weekend is the “My Cause My Cleats” campaign and the league is allowing players promote personal causes.
The Jets will honor McKnight’s memory with a moment of silence on Monday night when they take on the Indianapolis Colts.