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BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

The tributes and services for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School continue, but one personal memorial took to the field and received plenty of national airtime Monday night.

Before Monday night’s matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets, star running back Chris Johnson tweetedR.I.P. to all the victims” and a picture of his cleats with the names of all 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting written on them.

Then in those same shoes....Johnson took off on a record-setting 94-yard touchdown run that helped push the Titans past the Jets for the win. (Via Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

But as WTNZ explains, Johnson wasn’t the only athlete dedicating a performance to the victims of the Newtown shooting.

“Jack Pinto was laid to rest Monday wearing a number 80 white Giants jersey of his favorite player Victor Cruz. Cruz wrote on his cleats for Sunday’s game: RIP Jack Pinto, and Jack Pinto My Hero.”

A writer for The Tennessean points out how unusual the tribute is, considering the NFL normally cracks down on personalized items worn by players during warm-ups.

“It was a reminder that football - even Monday Night Football - is just a game. Considering what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school, it was time for a little perspective. Credit Johnson for providing it. And thanks to NFL headquarters for playing along.”

A blogger for Music City Miracles adds “It is not like [Johnson]’s shoes can do a lot to ease [the families of the victims]’ pain, but hopefully it brought a smile to someone’s face for a brief second.”

The New England Patriots have also pledged to donate $25,000 to each family affected by the shooting.

NFL's Chris Johnson Honors Shooting Victims

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Dec 18, 2012

NFL's Chris Johnson Honors Shooting Victims

(Image Source: Y'All Sports)

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

The tributes and services for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School continue, but one personal memorial took to the field and received plenty of national airtime Monday night.

Before Monday night’s matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets, star running back Chris Johnson tweetedR.I.P. to all the victims” and a picture of his cleats with the names of all 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting written on them.

Then in those same shoes....Johnson took off on a record-setting 94-yard touchdown run that helped push the Titans past the Jets for the win. (Via Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

But as WTNZ explains, Johnson wasn’t the only athlete dedicating a performance to the victims of the Newtown shooting.

“Jack Pinto was laid to rest Monday wearing a number 80 white Giants jersey of his favorite player Victor Cruz. Cruz wrote on his cleats for Sunday’s game: RIP Jack Pinto, and Jack Pinto My Hero.”

A writer for The Tennessean points out how unusual the tribute is, considering the NFL normally cracks down on personalized items worn by players during warm-ups.

“It was a reminder that football - even Monday Night Football - is just a game. Considering what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school, it was time for a little perspective. Credit Johnson for providing it. And thanks to NFL headquarters for playing along.”

A blogger for Music City Miracles adds “It is not like [Johnson]’s shoes can do a lot to ease [the families of the victims]’ pain, but hopefully it brought a smile to someone’s face for a brief second.”

The New England Patriots have also pledged to donate $25,000 to each family affected by the shooting.

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