Falcons player Mohamed Sanu to honor 9/11 on game day with custom cleats

The NYPD marked the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks with a parade to honor the 23 officers it lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Police departments from around the United States and Canada joined the march around lower Manhattan.(Sept. 9) AP

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons player and New Jersey native Mohamed Sanu will pay tribute to the Sept. 11 terror attacks through a pair of custom cleats during Sunday's season's opener.

The custom cleats, which he posted to Instagram, depict the Twin Towers and the U.S. flag.

 

Paying tribute to those lost on 9/11 this Sunday.. #NeverForget

A photo posted by Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@mohamedsanu) on

Sanu, who plays wide receiver for the team, lived in Sayreville, N.J. when terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Centers in New York City. Sanu was in middle school when the attacks happened in Manhattan, less than 40 miles away from his town.

"I figured I'd do something because I grew up in that area," Sanu told ESPN. "There are a lot of people affected by that day. You just have to show your respect and pay homage to those who were lost and gave their lives to save others. And you have to pay homage to those who saved lives and are still alive today."

When the Falcons open the season in the Georgia Dome against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, it'll be the first time Sanu has played on Spet. 11. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Penn.

Other players are also paying homage to 9/11, including the Tennessee Titans's Avery Williamson

PHOTOS | The Tribute in Light for 9/11 terror attacks

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