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This NFL Player Celebrates His 'Oneness' With Israel by Wearing the Israeli Flag on His Cleats

11-30-2018
Photo Credit: Dan Ostrom/Israel Collective
Photo Credit: Dan Ostrom/Israel Collective

Michael Pierce is 340 pounds of muscle and plays defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. 

But if you look at his cleats, you won't see the usual purple and gold colors of his team. You'll see the Israeli flag. 

Pierce choose the Israel Collective, a millennial initiative of Christians United for Israel, as his cause for the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign. 

"Having the Israel flag in front and center was paramount for me. I needed that to be right where it is," Pierce said in a video. 

"The message for me is just the oneness and the connectedness I feel with that land. Growing up reading the Bible, hearing Bible stories and learning exactly where Jesus walked was awesome," he explained. 

"To go over there and see the difference and to see just exactly how the culture is... went to Shabbat dinner. I just enjoyed their company and learned so many different customs and things that they do that I've just never been aware of," he added. 

Pierce was a part of a group of NFL players who went to the Holy Land with Israel Collective this spring. 

He hopes people will see his cleats and want to learn more about Israel. 

You can see Pierce and his cleats when the Ravens take on the Falcons in Atlanta this Sunday. 

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