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Titans player who wished to honor 9/11 victims with special cleats gets major pushback from the NFL

Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson is getting flack for wanting to wear a set of patriotic sneakers during Sunday's game.

According to the New York Post, the specially designed cleats would be worn against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. After a league rep vowed to fine Williamson for violating uniform code, he backed off.

“I don’t want to draw negative attention, so I’m just going to focus on playing the game,” Williamson told the Tennessean newspaper Friday.

Two police unions were so outraged that they offered to pay the athlete’s fine if he wears them despite the NFL’s request for him to wear uniform sneakers.

When Paul Nunziato, head of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, heard about the NFL's response, he spoke out to reporters.

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“I’m making a goal line stand on this. Enough is enough! The NFL is out of bounds on this,” he said.

He specifically called out Roger Goodell, saying the NFL commissioner had “committed a personal foul against humanity” by denying Williamson the right to wear his sneakers.

Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association echoed the sentiment.

“We want him to wear the cleats and we’ll pay the fine," Colligan said. "He [Williamson] was absolutely doing a great thing and the NFL is threatening with a fine? When is Goodell going to recognize what his fan base is?”

Colligan added, "It’s not like he’s kneeling during the national anthem or anything" – a reference to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's controversial protest.

According to the Post, Williamson plans to auction the cleats for charity.

>> See Williamson's tweet about the auction here

WATCH: Central Michigan upsets No. 22 Oklahoma State on officials' error, Hail Mary

Central Michigan scored a stunning upset against No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday, with the Chippewas using a Hail Mary and a lateral to steal the win with no time on the clock.

>> Watch the play here

Steal is indeed the key word there, as MAC officials ruled that the play Central Michigan scored on should have never happened.

The reason the play shouldn’t have happened is because of what happened on the previous play. Oklahoma State had the ball on 4th-and-13, where they were called for an intentional grounding penalty as time expired. Usually, penalties allow for an extra play to take place, but since intentional grounding results in a loss of down, an extra play shouldn’t have been allowed by NCAA rule.

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As the Big 12 mentioned in their statement, the game is over and the ruling cannot be reversed. Instead, Central Michigan gets its first victory over a ranked opponent since 1991, and Oklahoma State takes a big loss for the Big 12.

Denver Broncos player joins Colin Kaepernick's protest on NFL opening night

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem on the NFL's opening night, showing his clear support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest against American racial injustice and minority oppression.

Marshall was later removed from the game, but not because of his protest. He got up slowly after making a tackle and, as required by NFL concussion protocol, tested for any issues. He was then taken to the locker room.

Kaepernick has officially started a trend.

>> Related: Looks like Colin Kaepernick is sitting through the national anthem for some time

His teammate, Eric Reid, notably joined him in kneeling through the national anthem in their final preseason game last week.

Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks also sat through the national anthem last week.

>> Related: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sits for national anthem

Other Seahawks players plan on joining in as well.

“It’s going to be a team thing. That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals,” Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Former NFL linebacker helps train disabled veterans

A former NFL linebacker who has worked for years training disabled veterans is featured in a Starbucks series produced by Howard Schultz.

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David Vobora played with the Seahawks in 2011 – his last season in a four-year NFL career. After battling an addiction to painkillers, Vobora started a gym, training elite athletes.

His focus changed when he met Travis Mills, a former Army staff sergeant who lost all four of his limbs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Mills is one of five surviving combat veteran quadruple amputees from post-9/11 wars.

The following is part of a story from Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a former Washington Post editor who is now a storyteller for Starbucks and co-producer of the company's Upstanders series.

"Vobora began their first workout with a question: 'What are you most afraid of?' 'Remember: No arms, no legs,' Mills said. 'Gravity wins. So it’s falling. I’m afraid to fall.' So that’s where Vobora began. Falling became the foundation of the training regimen. Vobora sought to improve Mills’ balance, his understanding of weight transfer, and his core strength. Sometimes he used giant rubber bands to catch Mills as he tumbled. Other times, he just let him fall onto a padded mat. 'If you’d been coming through the gym and you saw me let a quadruple amputee fall, hit the ground, and refuse to help him, you’d probably have me arrested,' he said. Mills grew stronger and more assured. Pro athletes at the gym looked on in amazement as he pulled a 100-pound sled along a 30-yard stretch of artificial turf on short prosthetics. They stopped complaining about sore muscles, and increased the intensity of their own workouts. Vobora also began to change: Instead of trying to lure more pro athletes as clients, he set out to recruit another disabled athlete."

Later, Vobora got a phone call from his sports agent.

"A Dallas Cowboys linebacker had been injured and they needed a replacement in short order. Was he interested? It was a chance to return to the gridiron, his first love, with a paycheck he never thought he’d see again. He thought it over and texted his agent: Sorry, but I’m retired."

Watch Vobora’s full story above, recorded by Starbucks' director of photography, Josh Trujillo.

UGG wants you to 'do nothing' with Tom Brady this September

Tom Brady has been tight lipped about how he'll be spending his suspension -- but no more. 

It appears he'll simply be doing nothing. 

Brady is part of a new ad campaign from the Australian company UGG, famous for its popular women's boots.

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The company is apparently looking to increase their popularity among men with their slippers. According to a Facebook post by Tom Brady, the company is launching an ad campaign featuring the Pats' quarterback and actor Jeff Bridges. 

The tagline: "Do Nothing."

I've teamed up with UGG, Jeff Bridges and Julian Edelman to remind you of something very important on the heels of Labor Day weekend: You have earned the right to do nothing. Stay tuned for some videos from us in the next couple weeks!Posted by Tom Brady on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

At his last news conference, Brady wouldn't say exactly what his plans were, but he's now apparently prepared to just sit around in his new UGG slippers. 

There's no word on if Peyton Manning has invited Brady to watch games with him on Sundays as part of his new ad campaign.

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Disclaimer: FOX25 could not independently confirm Brady's plans. 

Johnny Manziel re-enrolls at Texas A&M

With his NFL future in serious doubt, Johnny Manziel is a student again, re-enrolling for the fall semester at Texas A&M.

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The Dallas Morning News first reported the story Monday morning. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner quit school in January, 2014, with two years of eligibility remaining to prepare for the NFL draft. Manziel was cut by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year and no team has picked him up.

>> Related: Johnny Manziel's dad tells ESPN: 'My son is a druggie'

Manziel had been spending time in Los Angeles. He'll be back in far more familiar surroundings.

Back at A&M, he's listed as a senior in the student directory. His major is recreation, parks and tourism science major. He apparently posted on an A&M class discussion board last week.

Ex-NFL star Lawrence Taylor accused of DUI in Florida

Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor was arrested Friday night under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Authorities arrested Taylor in Palm Beach County after a crash on Florida's Turnpike. FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said more details on the arrest will be released Saturday morning.

Taylor, 57, was driving south on the Turnpike from Beeline Highway around 5:20 p.m. when he switched lanes, hit a motor home and sideswiped a patrol vehicle, according to WPTV.

He was arrested and taken to Palm Beach County Jail.

Taylor, a retired linebacker, played 13 seasons with the New York Giants, helping the franchise win Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991.

He has had a history of legal troubles, including pleading guilty in 2011 to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute who turned out to be under the age of 18. He was sentenced to six years of probation.

Colin Kaepernick to donate $1M to community organizations

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who again did not stand for the national anthem before an NFL preseason game, told reporters he would donate the first $1 million he makes this season to community organizations that help people.

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Kaepernick spoke after the 49ers’ 31-21 preseason victory Thursday night against San Diego.  While a naval officer sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and an oversized flag was unfurled on the football field, Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid dropped to one knee on the San Francisco sideline.

The gesture drew scattered boos and angry shouts at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium at the Chargers’ Salute to the Military preseason game.

“I'm not anti-American. I love America,” Kaepernick said after the 49ers’ final preseason game. “I love people. That's why I'm doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”

He added that he plans to continue his protests during the regular season. He did not provide specifics about the $1 million donation.

 “We have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said.

“We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren't treated equally, that aren't given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed.”

Kaepernick kneeled next to Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who went to training camp with the Seahawks last year as a long snapper.

When the same naval officer performed "God Bless America" before the fourth quarter, Kaepernick remained standing and then applauded along with his teammates.

#49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said he will donate $1 million to two different organizations to help promote awareness— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) September 2, 2016

Kaepernick said his protest is not a criticism of the military.

“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm's way for my freedom of speech, and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee,” Kaepernick said. “So I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Tim Tebow like you’ve never seen him before

Tim Tebow may or may not make the jump to professional baseball after three seasons away from the NFL. The Atlanta Braves were among the 20 or so major league teams watching his recent baseball tryout Tuesday in Los Angeles.

While the MLB mulls things over Tebow is hawking Nissan Armadas in the most gator-fabulous getup we’ve ever seen.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sits for national anthem

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane remained seated Thursday as the national anthem played before a match against the Oakland Raiders, less than one week after Colin Kaepernick's controversial decision to do the same.

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It was not immediately clear whether Lane sat out the anthem in protest, as the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers did in protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression.

The rest of the players from both teams stood as the anthem played Thursday, The San Jose Mercury News reported.

>> Related: Colin Kaepernick isn't the first star athlete to protest the national anthem

Kaepernick and 49ers' safety Eric Reid knelt Thursday night as the national anthem played before a game in San Diego, ESPN reported. The protest elicited scattered boos from the crowd.

Kaepernick has stayed seated for the national anthem during all of the 49ers' exhibition games, although his refusal to stand didn't come to public notice until Friday, when he remained on the 49ers' bench before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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