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Why Terrelle Pryor will honor family members with special cleats Sunday

Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor and several his teammates will wear special cleats for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

In particular, Pryor will sport two pairs for three different causes as part of the NFL's My Cause My Cleats weekend, which allows players to wear custom shoes beyond warm-ups

During pre-game warmups, Pryor said he'll wear cleats paying homage to the Special Olympics. "I think that's a fantastic (cause)," he said. "That's admirable."

After kickoff, Pryor said he'll change into a pair of turquoise kicks, with one side adorned in "cancer ribbons and flowers" for his late grandmother and the other in honor of his father, Craig, who passed five years ago after battling Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a rare neurological disorder.  

"I tried to put my grandma and my dad on it because that's I think two special people obviously or I wouldn't be here," he said, "but I did want to sneak that Special Olympics in there, that's something I admire."

Pryor, left tackle Joe Thomas, linebacker Christian Kirksey and others will wear cleats representing causes close to their hearts. While the My Cause My Cleats weekend was during the team's bye, the league granted the Browns and Tennessee Titans (who also had Week 13 off) the chance to participate.

"A lot of people want to do something, they want to represent stuff," Pryor said.

"Like for me, I want to represent my dad and my grandma. It's cool they looked that over and they changed that, that's pretty cool." ​

Pryor, the former quarterback who has emerged as Cleveland's top playmaker, has 62 catches for 855 yards and four touchdowns in his first season at the position.

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