NFL's odd jobs: Meet the artist who designs Antonio Brown’s custom cleats

How has Antonio Brown made headlines every Sunday even before he starts scoring TDs? It's gotta be the shoes. Get to know the man behind the cool designs on Brown's kicks.
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When you’re an artist, you take just about any gig you can get. Most of the time, though, it doesn’t get you to the NFL.

Corey Pane spent years making album covers and band posters. He’s done some airbrushing. Once he even made leather shoes, working with a friend doing hand-sewing.

Now he customizes some of the most talked-about cleats in the NFL, his creations ranging from the likenesses of Miami icons to a Veterans Day tribute. Pane is the artist behind Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s parade of cool kicks this season, and the NFL can’t stop the duo.

“I’ve never really done cleats before this,” Pane says. “I just take whatever comes my way. I’m not really like a cleat guy. I’m just an artist. A painter.”

He and Brown have collaborated on customized cleats in six of Pittsburgh’s seven games this season, and there’s more to come. Here’s how the 27-year-old artist from West Hartford, Conn., linked up with one of the best receivers in the game.

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