Hate has become an unfortunate product of a divisive political culture and most recently manifested itself in a shooting incident at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Eleven people were killed and several others were injured after a crazed gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue last week.
Many members of the Pittsburgh community joined together following the horrific incident and adopted the mantra, “Stronger Than Hate,” to show support for the victims and others who were affected.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger paid tribute to the victims in wearing specialized cleats on the field ahead of their game versus the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
From Fox 8:
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will wear a special pair of cleats on Sunday honoring victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27.
Roethlisberger’s cleats feature a Star of David atop the Steelers’ traditional logo, adding the phrase “stronger than hate” near the toe, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Check them out:
Regardless of how people feel about the NFL, in light of its political involvement, the act was classy and people online thanked Roethlisberger for it:
As TIME reports, several Steelers players and coaches also attended the funeral for a pair of brothers who died during the shooting incident, Cecil and David Rosenthal:
On Tuesday, Steelers players and staff also attended the funeral of brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, who were among the 11 victims of the shooting on Oct 27. Michele Rosenthal, the sister of Cecil and David, is the former community relations manager for the Steelers.
As the Washington Examiner reports, the Baltimore Ravens also paid tribute to those who lost their lives:
The Ravens, which are the home team Sunday, held a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting, and the scoreboard read, “Baltimore stands with Pittsburgh.”
The Steelers went on to win the game 23 to 16, but, during a post-game interview, Roethlisberger reminded that some things transcend football and the NFL.
“It was tough, it was crazy tough, especially with Michele and the closeness we have with her,” Roethlisberger said as TIME reports. “We’re thankful for the victory, but we all understand, there are bigger things, there’s life.”