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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson wanted to do something for the grieving families of Newtown, Conn., after Friday’s elementary school massacre.
So he wrote the names of all the victims on the two cleats he wore for Monday night’s game against the Jets.
He also had the words “RIP SHES” and a cross on each shoe.
“Kind of heartbroken, so just something to try to give back and show tribute to those families knowing how much they hurt,” Johnson said. “And a situation where on Monday Night Football everybody around the world is watching.”
Johnson, in those cleats, ran a franchise-record 94 yards for a TD in the second quarter, helping to knock the Jets out of playoff contention in Tennessee’s 14-10 win.
Before the game, a moment of silence was held for victims of the shootings in Newtown. Twenty children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman also killed his mother in her home before committing suicide.
The Jets had an “SHES” decal on their helmets.
On Sunday, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz played in honor of 6-year-old victim Jack Pinto. Cruz told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday that he will visit the Pinto family this week.
“Sometime this week I definitely plan on going up there,” Cruz said. “Just visiting with the family for a little awhile and talking to them. Just spending some time, try to put a smile on their faces in a tough time.”
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