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New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona wears patriotic cleats custom-designed by fellow former Navy football player

Forced to work from home for three months, Wade found time to explore a creative outlet that had always sparked his interest. The 2004 Naval Academy graduate began designing custom shoes and cleats.

After a year of refining his craftsmanship, Wade got ambitious and set a goal of designing cleats for former Navy football players on NFL rosters. He learned about the My Cause, My Cleats program that allows players to “reveal their passions beyond the game and wear their hearts on their feet.”

Wade reached out to Joe Cardona of the New England Patriots, Malcolm Perry of the Miami Dolphins and Cameron Kinley of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp this summer to pitch the idea of designing custom cleats for them.