Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick had to borrow a high school player’s cleats

Dre Kirkpatrick got a footwear assist from a high school football player at a recent practice.
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The Bengals decided to bring a practice into the community over the weekend as the team boarded buses and headed to West Carrollton High on Sunday night. Unfortunately for Dre Kirkpatrick, his cleats did not make the trip, according to ESPN.

The cornerback realized he was in a bind when he opened his bag and could not find the proper footwear, so he found a group of high school players being addressed by coach Marvin Lewis and borrowed a pair from senior Bryan Jones. The cleats did the job, although the shoes were a size too big, meaning Kirkpatrick needed multiple ankle tapings throughout the practice.

"It worked out pretty good," Kirkpatrick said. "It was just a blessing that he was there and he had his cleats. I want to tell him I appreciate him."

The former Alabama star returned the shoes, along with an autograph, after the practice and even stuck around an extra 20 minutes to sign autographs for fans.