In advance of the 2011 regular season-opener, which falls on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Reebok has sent cleats and gloves adorned with stars and stripes to several NFL players.
The apparel company has informed the players that the league has not approved the gear for game use, but several players appear willing to pay the fine for violating the league's uniform rules to pay tribute to those that lost their lives on that day and in the decade since.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs addressed the issue on Twitter.
"For the anniversary of 9/11 game why is it if I wear shoes and gloves that are the colors of our nations flag..I will be fined by the league," Briggs wrote. "Reebok great job on these gloves and shoes..looks like I'm getting fined this week. Lol!
"By far the best fine I will ever have to pay. Thanks"
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that several San Diego Chargers received the apparel, which one unnamed Charger plans to wear against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and expects to be fined $5,000 for doing so.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment when asked by Acee if players would be fined for wearing the apparel.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck tweeted a couple of pictures of the cleats he plans to wear on Sunday.