Constantino Parente: NFL star James Conner wears boots in tribute to rapper Mac Miller

STEELERS running back James Conner wore a pair of customised boots as tribute to rapper Mac Miller who died earlier this month.

The rapper, who was 26 and a Pittsburgh native, was reportedly found dead at his home in San Fernando Valley.

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NFL star James Conner wore customised boots with a tribute to Mac Miller[/caption]

He was a devoted fan of the Steelers and had attended games with ex-girlfriend and pop star Ariana Grande.

Ahead of the Steelers games against Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, 23-year-old Conner posted an image to social media of the boots.

An image of Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, is printed on each cleat along with a message saying: “Thank you Mac.”

Song names were also listed on the front of the white boots in blue writing.

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The rapper was a devoted Steelers fan[/caption]

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Conner posted an image of the boots to his Twitter account[/caption]

Miller was found dead at his home earlier this month
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His ex-girlfriend was pop star Ariana Grande
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Miller died after reportedly having had recent problems with substance abuse. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

In a statement made on her social media on Saturday, Grande described Miller as her “dearest friend” and the “kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved.”

She wrote: “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep it together is a very major problem.”

No details of Miller’s funeral have been made public yet.

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