PITTSBURGH – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has shown his support for the grieving city of Pittsburgh and his team owner wearing black and golden warming cleats with "Hatred can not weaken a steel city" on the side before Thursday evening's game against the Steelers.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also showed his support with cleats that said "Stronger Than Hate" and listed the names of the 11 people recently killed by an armed man in the Tree of Life synagogue.
Pittsburgh is the home town of Carolina owner, David Tepper, who owned a Steelers minority before buying the Panthers at the start of this year for $ 2.275 billion, a record for an NFL team.
While the filming site was not Tepper's main synagogue, he lived in the neighborhood near it while he was in Carnegie Mellon University's graduate school.
One of Tepper's best friends was married in that synagogue.
Tepper was not surprised Newton and Roethlisberger wore cleats to raise awareness of the tragedy.
"It's nice to see it," he said. "As I've said many times, people do not appreciate how much the kids are doing things in the community, it's nice to see, it's not surprising to see, there's so many people getting used to it, but it's really a good thing they are these guys. "