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NFL stars honor school victims during games

A detailed view of running back Chris Johnson (28) of the Tennessee Titans cleats that show the names of the victims of the mass shooting that took place at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticutat prior to the game against the New York Jets LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Before the Jets-Titans game Monday night, a moment of silence was held for victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson made sure the tribute lasted throughout the entire game, writing the names of all the victims on the two shoes he wore for the game. He also had the words "R.I.P. SHES" and a cross written on each shoe.

Johnson then proceeded to set a franchise record with a 94-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

"Kind of heartbroken, so just something to try to give back and show tribute to those families knowing how much they hurt and a situation where on Monday Night Football everybody around the world is watching," Johnson said about his tribute.

The Jets had an "SHES" decal on their helmets.

On Sunday, Giants receiver Victor Cruz also honored one of the young victims. After learning that he was the favorite player of one 6-year-old victim, wrote "R.I.P. Jack Pinto," "Jack Pinto, my hero" and "This one is for you" on his shoes for the Giants game against the Falcons in Atlanta.

"I also spoke to an older brother and he was distraught as well. I told him to stay strong and I was going to do whatever I can to honor him," Cruz said after the Giant's game with the Atlanta Falcons. "He was fighting tears and could barely speak to me."

Cruz said he planned to give the gloves he wore during the game to the boy's family, and spend some time with them.

in this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, photo, a shoe worn by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz bears a message dedicated to 6-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the victims in last week's school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as Cruz warms up for the Giants' NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta.
A shoe worn by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz bears a message dedicated to 6-year-old Jack Pinto.
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"There's no words that can describe the type of feeling that you get when a kid idolizes you so much that unfortunately they want to put him in the casket with your jersey on," he said. "I can't even explain it."

Jack's funeral and burial were Monday.

Twenty children and six adults were killed. The gunman also killed his mother in her home before committing suicide.