Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has not even been in Pittsburgh for two full seasons, but his affinity for the city and its fans is clear.
Fitzpatrick commissioned two pairs of custom, Pittsburgh-inspired cleats from local artist Carlee Annabella, who showed off her creations on Instagram on Friday.
The first pair is populated with legendary figures and staples synonymous with Pittsburgh. Pirates legend Roberto Clemente and Fred Rogers are both featured, as are an incline, a Primanti sandwich, a bottle of Heinz ketchup and an Andy Warhol-style Campbell’s soup can. The logos of the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates are also painted on the cleats.
The second pair is more Steelers centric, featuring the iconic Terrible Towel logo. More subdued than the first pair, Fitzpatrick may actually be able to wear these in a regular season game if he chose too.
If Fitzpatrick chose to debut the busier pair in an actual game, he would likely not be permitted to do so until the “My Cause My Cleats” initiative later this season.
“Got me right,” Fitzpatrick said on his Instagram story Friday. “Per usual.”
Annabella also designed a pair of custom cleats for Steelers left tackle Chukwuma Okorafor to honor the recent retired Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster earlier this month.