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Central High School asking to display NFL star's Muhammad Ali inspired cleats

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A local high school is trying to win over an NFL star for a pair of cleats that pay tribute to Muhammad Ali. 

Central High School is Ali's Alma mater. When you step inside the school, you can see pictures of the 'greatest' hanging on the walls. The school's chorus classes are also singing an original song about the boxing legend. 

"Obviously, Muhammad Ali is very important to Central," said the school's athletic director Ryan Bringhurst. 

The school has recently set its sights on another tribute to the beloved boxer. 

NFL star Antonio Brown, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted several pictures of cleats to his Twitter page a few days ago. 

The black and yellow shoes say 'Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee" and show a picture of Ali in the ring. 

"As soon as I saw them, my immediate thought was, I've got to send a message to Antonio Brown and say, 'Hey, those would look great in our trophy case,'" Bringhurst explained. 

He says his reply tweet has been picking up some traction. 

"Saturday, my phone just kept lighting up, people retweeting it and favoriting it," he said. 

Brown was only able to wear the cleats for a few plays Sunday. The NFL reportedly threatened to bench Brown if he didn't take them off. Central promises to give them a good home. 

"Antonio, if you're listening, we'd love to have them," Bringhurst said. 

And you could say the school is following Muhammad Ali's example. It may be a long shot to ask the NFL star for his cleats, but it's worth a try. 

"That's what Ali was about, believing in yourself and believing in the community and knowing that no matter where you're from you, you can achieve things," said Central's football coach Ty Scroggins. 

The school says it has not heard anything from Brown. WDRB News reached out to the Steelers and didn't hear back either. 

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