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Tyler Eifert Makes An Amazing TD Catch Wearing Custom Warrior Wishes Cleats!

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Game 21 – Titans LB Avery Williamson Makes Warrior Wishes Come True!


It’s been another wild week of making Warrior Wishes come true.  It all started last Thursday when my dad hosted heroes in Green Bay. Sunday he was making Wishes come true in Kansas City & Monday he made more come true in Denver!

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I dropped my dad off at the airport Wednesday morning while we were on our way to host a WWII Marine at game 2 of the World Series!


My dad arrived in Nashville Wednesday evening and spent the night at the airport before heading out to meet up with the Warriors. 

We have made some unforgettable memories making warrior wishes come true at Titans games over the past 4 seasons.

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This weekend’s Warrior Wishes Experience has been a few weeks in the making, with some incredible partners.  This past September, we got a call from LaCorte Enterprises about a project with Titans LB Avery Williamson. He had a pair of custom cleats created to honor 9/11 First Responders that he wanted to wear and then auction off.  He chose Operation Warrior Wishes to donate the proceeds of the auction! (Thanks Theresa). 

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As the project developed, there was talk that the NFL was not going to allow him to wear them and if he did , he would be fined. The story garnered a lot of media attention, even getting on TMZ a couple times, especially when Port Authority New York Police Union offered to pay his fine. Well, as it turned out, NFL backed down and let him wear the cleats! The auction raised $6,600 of which half was donated to our mission.

The years Titans experience started at 1pm when my dad met up with Army SGT Ben McCarty & his wife at “The Escape Game.”   The Escape is a very fun experience for groups of 4 to 8 people who get locked in a room and have to find clues in order for them to “escape.”  The Escape Game in Nashville has been helping make Warrior Wishes come true since 2013!


Sgt McCarty’s wife surprised him when she told him he was going to be out guest for the Titans game later  in the evening. He originally thought he was there to meet family. Clearly, he was not to sure what was going on, as the look on his face was priceless.  Once he learned why he was REALLY there, he relaxed and we had a great time trying to escape.


Gerst Haus hosted the warriors for a delicious German meal before the game.  SGT McCarty, his wife & my dad met up with the Gold Star Mom of Army Spc Jason Edens, Janet Crane and her husband Mike (also served in the Army for 9 years).  They got to know a little bit about each other over dinner before making their way over to the stadium to tailgate with our new friends at Cooper Steel.  


Gary Cooper, president of Cooper Steel was the winning bidder for the 9-11 cleats.   He and his entire tailgate crew welcomed the warriors and Avery Williamson’s family to the tailgate with open arms & a big sign!    

My dad had the opportunity to introduce the warriors to everyone at the tailgate.  He made sure to thank mr. Cooper & the Williamson family for their generous donation and the opportunity to host the Warriors at today’s game!  He also broke into tears as he took a moment of silence to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by SPC Edens.  


Needless to say everyone was stuffed after eating dinner and then tailgating, So they all walked off some calories and headed into the stadium.


The Titans gave the Warriors a lot to cheer about as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead early and never looked back.  They crushed the Jaguars 36-22.

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After the game we met back up with Gary & Mr and Mrs Williamson so we could meet Avery and he could present the 9/11 cleats to Gary.  Avery was awesome!  He took plenty of time meeting and hanging out with the warriors. It was an unforgettable experience!!!  

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Theresa for recommending us to Avery, Melissa for running the project, Avery for the idea to design them and Gary for bidding.  We also want to Thank Gerst Haus for providing the delicious PreGame meal, New Era for providing the Titans Caps, as well as Tom at Jack Daniels and Megan at Cooper Steel for the awesome tailgates.

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Most importantly THANK YOU to Army Sgt Ben McCarty, Army Sgt Mike Crane & Gold Star Mom of Fallen Hero Army Spc Jason Edens.  Their service and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, they are forever appreciated & will never be forgotten!  

Don’t forget to nominate your hero for an upcoming game on our 2016 “All32in17” Mission!

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Titans LB Auctions off custom 9/11 Cleats to Make Warrior Wishes Come True!!!


The NFL squashed Titans starting linebacker Avery Williamson’s plan to use fancy footwear to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Williamson was going to wear custom patriotic cleats during the Titans’ home opener against the Vikings on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but those plans changed when a league representative called to inform him about a looming fine for violating uniform code.

“I don’t want to draw negative attention, so I’m just going to focus on playing the game,” Williamson told The Tennessean on Friday. “Once I heard from them, I didn’t even try to argue anything. I just left it alone. I didn’t want to press the issue.”

The star-spangled blue cleats with red- and white-striped Nike swooshes were airbrushed by True Blue Customs in Lexington, Ky. They feature the words “Never Forget” and “9/11” on the back of each shoe, with the “11” representing the Twin Towers. The NFL mandates all teammates wear the same color scheme on their shoes.

Williamson is instead auctioning the cleats to benefit Operation Warrior Wishes, plus offering a meet and greet, two VIP tickets to a Titans home game and an autographed jersey.

“I’m going to try to get a couple of veterans to come to a game,” Williamson said. “I feel like just reaching out to people, helping them, somebody that’s served our country, I feel like that’s a great honor, so I wanted to do something nice for them. I feel like it’s a great cause.”

The NFL is notoriously strict about its uniform code.

In August, the league prohibited the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a helmet sticker honoring local police.

Last season, the NFL fined two Pittsburgh Steelers players $5,787 each for first-offense uniform violations –running back DeAngelo Williams for wearing “Find the Cure” in his eye black to promote breast cancer awareness, and cornerback William Gay for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz plan to wear patriotic cleats in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. The Tennessean has reached out to the NFL for comment on whether these players have received special permission or are simply willing to pay the fine.

Williamson, a fifth-round draft pick out of Kentucky in 2014, said he realized how large a platform NFL players have when San Francisco 49ers quarterbackColin Kaepernick stirred controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem, because he feels minorities are oppressed by the United States.

“I guess if he wants to stand up for something, he can, because everybody has a voice,” Williamson said. “If that’s the way he wants to express himself, that’s the way he’s doing it. It’s his decision. And I just wish him luck with it.

“It can be used for good or bad, either or, but you definitely have a bigger platform than you think.”

Titans teammates have encouraged Williamson to wear his custom cleats anyway, and have offered to chip in to help pay the fine.

But he has another idea.

“I got some shoes I got done exactly like the cleats,” Williamson said, “so I’m just going to wear them to the game.”