Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison celebrated his 22nd birthday on Friday how you’d expect many NFL players to: hit an early workout, looked back on old photos and ended the day unwrapping gifts.
The pair of cleats he got as a birthday gift are sure to have him even more eager to get back to the turf.
The backs of his cleats, customized by Tite Customs, feature his birthday, initials and number.
Mattison Highlights Past Hurdling Career
Mattison has several pairs of customized cleats from Tite Customs that he wore in his first season in the NFL, including the pair he wore for “My Cause My Cleats,” an NFL initiative that encourages players to wear cleats promoting a cause of their choice, which they can auction and donate the proceeds to charity.
His Boise State blue pair, commemorating his father’s battle with Leukemia, are the cleats he wore when he hurdled Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson in Week 14. The hurdling background he mastered as a high school track star he used frequently in his rookie season.
Mattison commemorated his first NFL touchdown, which he scored by leapfrogging an Oakland Raiders defender, with a pair of custom cleats as well.
Mattison’s proven to have an affinity for jumping over defenders. He hurdled four defenders in his first 13 NFL games, a skill “rarely seen with that frequency in the NFL,” Sam Ekstrom wrote for Zone Coverage.
Mattison was tired of his legs taking a beating in his freshman year of football at Boise State, so by his sophomore year, he merged his two passions in high school and became one of the most effective running backs in college football, finishing his senior season seventh in touchdowns (17) in the FBS.
How he found the end zone on the most notable touchdown of his college career is no shocker.
And as Mattison continues to go airborne at the next level, he’ll surely be eager to clear a defender’s shoulders in his new pair of cleats.
Check out some of Mattison’s other cleats by Tite Customs below.