LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local high school will have the opportunity to display custom cleats worn by an NFL star to memorialize a Louisville legend.
NFL star Antonio Brown, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted several pictures of his "Muhammad Ali" 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.
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. The NFL has strict rules regarding the types of cleats that can be worn.
Ryan Bringhurst, the athletic director for Central High School, had already set his sights on the cleats, wanting them for his school's trophy case.
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 Bringhurst.
So Bringhurst took to Twitter. This was his tweet:
@AntonioBrown Louisville Central HS (Ali's Alma Mater) would love to display these in the trophy case after the game— Central Athletics (@loucentralsport) October 8, 2016
"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.
And on Tuesday morning, Brown responded:
.@loucentralsport Would be an honor ! So much respect for The Greatest !!— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) October 11, 2016
I need to clean them up, but DM me the address
The school says they knew it was a long shot -- but it was worth it.
"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.
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