The Toss Up is Highsnobiety’s weekly update on everything NFL and the go-to for top playmakers and tastemakers. This edition highlights Patrick Mahomes’ monumental comeback victory, rookie Nick Bosa’s huge game on defense, Za’Darius Smith’s state-pride inspired pregame outfit, A.J. Brown’s cleats, and how Richard Sherman is preparing students for success in the classroom.
Mahomes and Bosa are this edition’s First Down and Top Rookie players. Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to a monstrous comeback over the Houston Texans. Last year’s MVP went 23/35, throwing 321 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns in a win that sends them to the AFC Championship two years in a row. Bosa, a San Francisco rookie defensive end, played a huge role in the 49ers’ victory. The former Ohio State Buckeye had two crucial sacks and six solo tackles in a game where the 49ers' defense shined.
This edition’s Fit Report and Cleat Check players are Za’Darius Smith and A.J. Brown. Smith, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, showed some Wisconsin state pride by wearing a Milwaukee Bucks Cream City alternative jersey and matching fleece zip-up. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans' rookie wide receiver, brought flare to his cleats, wearing a pair of sleek zebra-print Nike cleats in the upset win over Baltimore.
Richard Sherman is this edition’s Off-Field MVP. The 49er is usually known for his defensive prowess on the field, but it’s Sherman’s charitable work off the gridiron that caught our attention this week. The cornerback created the Richard Sherman Family Foundation to help students from low-income families prepare for educational success. Sherman and his foundation have now raised over a million dollars, landing Sherman a nomination for this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
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