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.

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.

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

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