Maryland woman makes it into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kelce’s custom-made shoes. (Courtesy Donna Kelce)

A Gaithersburg, Maryland, business owner who has never taken an NFL snap is now a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The light-up shoes Donna Kelce wore as she cheered for her sons’ Super Bowl dreams are now in Canton, Ohio. Monica Blakely, the woman who made them, got to visit them in the Hall last week.

“You look at that building … to be able to walk in and see my stuff amongst other legends,” Blakely told WTOP. “That was my Lombardi Trophy.”

Blakely contacted Donna Kelce once her two sons were Super Bowl-bound. It was the first time in history a mother had a son on each team in the game.

The pair of shoes they created light up. One represents the Eagles, complete with the logo. The other is red, along with an arrowhead. Kelce is written on the back of both.

“She really liked them. Apparently, everybody else liked them,” Blakely told WTOP, speaking about a social media post Donna Kelce had made that garnered millions of views.

She also made a matching jacket, but Kelce decided to keep it rather than donate it.

Blakely owns Passion for Ezra. They make custom gear for sports fans from all over.

“We want to cater to the entire sports world, whether it’s soccer, hockey, whether it’s moms or dads, players,” said Blakely. “We want to just be able to openly cater to anybody who needs that custom apparel to stand out … to show how proud they are of the player, just like we would for our kid.”

Being a lifelong Washington fan, she hopes to make some Super Bowl swag for them soon.

“I’ve got a lot of hope for the team this season,” said Blakely.

Luke Lukert

Since joining WTOP Luke Lukert has held just about every job in the newsroom from producer to web writer and now he works as a full-time reporter. He is an avid fan of UGA football. Go Dawgs!

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