By Will Burchfield

The late Craig Sager spent 34 years as a sideline reporter in the NBA, but his influence went far beyond the game of basketball. Golden Tate is proof.

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The Lions wide receiver will honor Sager by wearing a special pair of cleats in Sunday’s game versus the Giants. The cleats appear to be a re-creation of the suit that Sager wore while covering Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals – the final work assignment of his legendary career.


The NFL might fine Tate if he wears the cleats during the game, although they do appear to comply with league policy: black with the Lions’ team colors (honolulu blue and silver).

Earlier this season, Eric Ebron wore a pair of black camouflage cleats to honor his father and late grandfather, both of whom were marines, and said he didn’t care if he was fined for it.

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Sager worked Game 6 of the 2016 NBA finals while fighting leukemia. He succumbed to the disease on Thursday afternoon.