Chiefs player raffling off UVA tribute cleats

Posted at 11:16 AM, Nov 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-22 09:38:58-05

Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill is raffling off the custom cleatshe wore as a tribute to the slain University of Virginia football players.

Thornhill is a Virginia native and played college football at UVA. He wore the special cleats during the Chief's Sunday game against the Los Angeles Chargers — in which the Chiefs won.

Juan Thornhill
Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill (22) watches play during a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Menendez)

The cleats are orange and white with the numbers 1, 15, 41 painted on them in different designs — the jersey numbers of UVA football players Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler.

The three players were killed last week when police said a UVA student opened fire on a bus of students that had just returned to grounds from a field trip to Washington D.C.. Two others were wounded in the shooting — including another football player, Mike Hollins, who was just released from the hospital on Monday.

In addition to the cleats, Thornhill said the $20 raffle includes a signed jersey and two playoff tickets. The proceeds from the raffle will go to the families of players that were killed to help with funeral expenses and any other unexpected costs they might endure, according to the raffle page.

The drawing will be random and the winner will be selected Nov. 23.You can enter the raffle here.

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