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Updated: Apr 13

NFL Tackle Joe Barksdale Discovers Music, Hendrix, and an Intense Devotion to Guitar

This past season, the NFL devoted one week of its 2017 schedule to a campaign called “My Cause, My Cleats.” Among other events, the endeavor involved having hundreds of players take the field for their games in specially designed, custom-made shoes that reflected a cause and organization close to their hearts. Which is how Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Joe Barksdale wound up walking onto the team’s home field at StubHub Center in Carson, California, in a pair of blue Nikes emblazoned with the visage of Jimi Hendrix, and covered with the sort of curlicue squiggles and hearts that adorned the hand-painted Stratocaster he famously played—and then lit on fire and smashed to bits—at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

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