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TAMPA, Fla. Josh Jackson Jersey . -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and players all across the NFL will wear custom cleats Sunday to bring awareness to their charities of choice, but McCoy said he wishes players had the freedom to do it more often.Weve got handcuffs on, said McCoy, a four-time Pro Bowler and seven-year veteran. I dont mind saying that because thats what I believe -- the NFL is putting handcuffs on us and not letting us express ourselves.McCoy will honor single parents during Sundays leaguewide My Cause, My Cleats day. His mother, Patricia Dianne McCoy, was a single mother before she met his father, Gerald Sr., along with several of his aunts and his wife, Ebony, before they were married. He saw it in school growing up and at his church, and he saw the impact.Guys get to express themselves and show whats in their heart and what means a lot to them, McCoy said. We dont get a chance to express ourselves much. Thats why there [are] a lot of fines going on, a lot of flags going on.And those feeling arent just limited to cleats or T-shirts -- such as the one he wore in warm-ups during Week 1 to honor those who perished and were involved in rescue efforts on Sept. 11. When it comes to on-field celebrations, he feels players need to be able to express their emotions.Its very hard to make a play in the NFL and to do it consistently. But just doing it once, that emotion comes out, McCoy said.He said he had to be careful with his celebration this past Sunday, so as to not cross the line or direct it at the opposition so it would be considering taunting. If any of his teammates got involved or mimicked his moves, it also could have been flagged, as choreographed celebrations are also prohibited. He celebrated by doing an airplane motion after his teams six-sack performance against the Seattle Seahawks?on Sunday.I know for a fact that when I was a rookie coming [into the league], Roger Goodell himself told us, my class, when we were in his office, was to show emotion on draft day. And to be able to express how [we] feel playing this game and to show the joy, the excitement you get from having an opportunity to play in the NFL. So when guys are doing that and getting flagged for it, what kind of sense does that make?Its not like anybody is flipping the bird to the fans or anything like that -- guys are dancing maybe. Its just excitement from making a play. Guys are not cursing out reporters or anything. It takes the fun out of the game. You dont know what you can and cant do anymore. For them to give us an opportunity to express ourselves this week on our cleats is great.He said he hopes there can be a point when players can express themselves more, so fans can develop a greater connection with them.I dont think we have to bottle it up, McCoy said. I just dont think we can express it freely.He also hopes Sundays My Cause, My Cleats program can get the ball rolling on allowing players to choose who they want to honor and causes they want to bring awareness to. Mike Evans is using his platform Sunday to bring awareness to RISE, a program to help put an end to racism. Kwon Alexander will wear cleats with an anti-gun violence message, honoring his late brother, Broderick Taylor, who was 17 when he was shot and killed last year.Its just an opportunity to express yourself and what means something to you, McCoy said. A lot of people dont know whats close to peoples hearts. 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Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. Sunday will mark plenty of firsts for the WWE, from its first Raw-exclusive pay-per-view since the July brand split to the first time its new Universal championship will be defended. Clash of Champions will also be the promotions first pay-per-view event to carry that name (not to be confused with WCWs Clash of the Champions that ran annually from 1988 to 1997).The most important first comes in the main event when Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins face off for the first time in a singles match since they met in Ring of Honor in 2010. It will be the first time their burgeoning feud will be given the proper attention since Owens captured the Universal title on August 29, triggering a chaotic -- yet unrewarding -- few weeks of Raw.Lets take a closer look at whats at stake in each of the matchups heading into Sunday.WWE Universal championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth RollinsTheres excellent potential in this one, not just for a four-star match on Sunday but also for an incredibly compelling feud to break out in the weeks and months to follow. Both superstars can do it all and there remains plenty of storyline animosity between them based upon the circumstances in which Owens became champion three weeks ago.After Finn Balor defeated Rollins at SummerSlam to win the inaugural title, a serious shoulder injury forced him to give up the belt on Raw the next night. One week later, Owens captured the vacant title in a Fatal 4-Way, after Triple H emerged from the crowd to assist him by delivering a Pedigree to Rollins and Roman Reigns.But Raw has largely shifted away from a specific focus on Owens and Rollins, with Reigns -- and the possibility of adding him to Sundays main event -- becoming the shows focal point. As a result, the anticipation for Owens-Rollins has taken an unjust hit, despite the potential for magic between them.The big question mark surrounding this match is whether Triple H will re-emerge back into the storyline. The disappearance of The Game from Raw has been a puzzling one, considering the hand he played in lifting Owens to the brands biggest crown. He has yet to return to provide an on-screen comment regarding his motives, which has created a gaping hole in the overall story.The seeds for an eventual Rollins-Triple H payoff have been planted going back to 2015, when Rollins held the WWE championship until his knee injury last November. It will be interesting to see whether Triple H shows up on Sunday to have a hand in the result and add more sympathy fuel to Rollins turn to a fan favorite.WWE United States championship: Rusev (c) vs. Roman ReignsThe participants of this feud have received more airtime and placement on Raw than anyone else over the past month and a half. But the majority of it has been gratuitous, as Reigns polarizing popularity has prevented WWE from keeping him too far away from its brightest spotlight.The majority of their rivalry has centered upon run-ins to each others matches, often with Rusev costing Reigns a victory. They also fought to a messy no-contest in a largely forgettable brawl at SummerSlam.The good news is that they work well together in the ring and retain plenty of potential to tell a compelling story. Should Reigns pick up the strap in this one, it would do nothing but elevate the title in the same manner in which John Cena did so in 2015.But putting the title on Reigns would also conceivably keep him out of the Universal title picture for an extended period, something WWE doesnt appear willing to do by the looks of Raw over the past two months. Because of that, a non-clean finish -- likely involving Lana -- could be in order.WWE Raw womens championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley in triple threat matchThe storyline involving this trio has arguably been the best-handled of any other on Raw since SummerSlam, with Bayley proving incredibly popular with fans since her call-up to the main roster. Her late addition into Sundays title bout also adds interesting wrinkles to the overall rivalry between Charlotte and Banks.Its still difficult to imagine an outcome in which Charlootte, the undisputed face of the WWEs womens division, doesnt walk away with her title (shes 11-0 in pay-per-view title matches). Cheap Suns Jerseys Authentic. But the potential for a further strain in the friendship between Bayley and Banks remains strong and has been properly teased.Considering the level of matches these three have put on against each other in NXT, this triple threat could very much steal the show on Sunday. WWE also has plenty of storyline options to spin off from, including the eventual comeuppance owed Dana Brooke for the abuse she has taken as Charlottes sidekick.WWE Raw tag team championship: The New Day (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl AndersonThe New Days current title reign will reach 399 days entering this match and is already the second longest for a tag team in company history behind Demolition (478 days). Unless WWE has specific plans to see that record broken, theres no better time than now to see them drop the belts.Gallows and Anderson have been given a more vicious and believable push since the brand split saw them separated from The Club stablemate A.J. Styles. But their feud with The New Day, which showed tremendous potential when it launched in late July, has been saddled by too much forced comedy. From Jon Stewarts involvement at SummerSlam to their lets pretend this never happened Raw segment two weeks later, its been a rough recent stretch trying to build the intensity around this match.Outside of their comedic missteps, not much has actually happened between the two teams since Gallows and Anderson injured Big E in August. The best way to inject more life into the feud would not only be a title change, but the injection of some internal dissention among The New Day members after the defeat.Best-of-seven series finale: Cesaro vs. SheamusWith blame falling more on the lack of creative wrinkles surrounding this series than the actual in-ring product, this one has failed to create any form of buzz entering Sunday.Cesaro rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to force a seventh match proved entirely predictable and the generic prize of a future world title shot for the winner has done little to raise the stakes. Lets hope the two combatants -- both more than capable performers - save their best for last.WWE cruiserweight championship: T.J. Perkins (c) vs. Brian KendrickWhile Raws launch of its much-hyped cruiserweight division Monday failed to create the exact same magic seen on the WWE Networks exceptional Cruiserweight Classic series, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Sundays title match.Perkins has the look and style to become a main roster star. Meanwhile, Kendricks real-life redemption angle -- returning to the company at age 37 after a seven-year break -- adds an interesting wrinkle to the storyline.Provided they are given the time to shine Sunday like they did in the CWC (and not used simply as Raws shiny new toy), Perkins-Kendrick has all the makings to be a memorable match.Sami Zayn vs. Chris JerichoDont let the lack of time that has been given to this feud on Raw rob from its overall potential for a strong match on Sunday.Both Jericho and Zayn are incredible in the ring and their recent Highlight Reel segment was one of Raws top moments in recent weeks. As far as throwaway, stay-busy feuds are concerned, you cant do much better than this on paper.Pre-show kickoff match: Alicia Fox vs. Nia JaxCount me as interested in seeing how Jax performs in her first feud after a series of recent squash matches. The buildup to this one has been strong, mostly for the incredible level of physicality shown for the womens division, complete with Jax spearing Fox through the barricade wall outside the ring.Jax has the opportunity to become a unique attraction for Raw, and the womens division in general. How quickly she gets pushed up the card will likely depend on how well she can adapt to longer matches and more in-depth storytelling.Consider this one a litmus test to where shes at. ' ' '