NewsNational News


Ben Roethlisberger honors Pittsburgh shooting victims with custom cleats

Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 04, 2018

The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers paid tribute to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting victims with custom-made cleats. The cleats feature a modified version of the Steelers logo, with its yellow star substituted with the Jewish Star of David, and the phrase “Stronger Than Hate.”

View this post on Instagram

We are #StrongerThanHate.

A post shared by Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) on

Steelers quarterback Ben “Big Ben” Roethlisberger was spotted wearing the cleats before Sunday’s away game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Nearly 100 members of the Steelers organization attended the funeral of two of the victims last week.

Tim Hindes, the artist behind the revamped logo, was a mile away from the Tree the Tree of Life Synagogue when the shooting began, he told CNN.

“I wanted it to be of resiliency and hope. It was private at first, but friends urged me to make the post public, as it resonated with them,” he said in a Facebook post.

“Before it was the logo of a globally popular football team, the three diamonds were the seal of a product which helped develop the foundation of many cities across the globe — steel. Like Pittsburgh and its residents, steel is strong,” he wrote in the Facebook post.

The logo quickly made its way around the internet shortly after the shooting. It resonated with many, including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who made the viral image his Twitter profile picture.