Josh Uche was part of a special bond when he played at Michigan, and the bond has continued in the NFL.

As a Wolverine, Uche befriended honorary teammate Larry Prout Jr., a Michigan football loving teenager born with severe medical disabilities. Through an a non-profit organization called IMPACT that partners children facing chronic medical conditions with local sports teams, Prout became a fixture on the Wolverines sidelines, and was ‘drafted’ by the team in 2016.

The friendship between Uche and Prout continued, even after Uche left Michigan for the NFL and New England thanks to IMPACT. Prout has made a few New England games, which Uche says “makes his day”. The LB was recently sent a pair of custom cleats with Prout’s face painted on the side in commemoration of the friendship. The cleats are Uche’s first ever pair of custom cleats, a fitting tribute.

Uche will be back in action Thursday against Buffalo, perhaps sporting new cleats.