NFL to use pink penalty flags — as suggested by 11-year-old fan — for Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday

This is an interesting development. Pink penalty flags for Breast Cancer Awareness month. After thinking about this for a bit, I wonder why this isn’t a permanent thing. Players wouldn’t over-pink their uniforms and the flags would be a subtle, but noticeable change. I am for it, although I don’t like having breast cancer awareness associated with intentional grounding. But I think it’s a pretty neat idea and we’ll see how it looks.

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Marlboro, NJ Boy Made Recommendation in Letter to Commissioner Goodell

Pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game — the final weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness month — at MetLife Stadium.

The idea was suggested by 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, in a letter (right) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness,” Dante wrote. “Please write back.”

Commissioner Goodell invited Dante and his family to MetLife Stadium where they will present the pink penalty flags (below) to the officials prior to the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to…

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Reineking Recalls: Eddie D.’s QBs

Getting ready for “A Football Life” tonight, this is a pretty sweet piece about the best QB successor stories in league history.

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Editor’s Note: Jim Reineking is an editor for NFL.com. Here’s his take on Eddie DeBartolo and the best predecessor-successor quarterback tandems in history.

“Eddie DeBartolo: A Football Life” debuts on NFL Network tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

In the 23 years that Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. owned the team, the San Francisco 49ers collected an extraordinary five Super Bowl championships.  It helped having the innovative Bill Walsh — a 1993 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee — running the team.  Between the 49ers’ first championship season in 1981 and 2002, the team only experienced three losing seasons.  Continuity at the most important position in the game was also big part of the run of achievement.  Over those 22 seasons, the 49ers had three primary quarterbacks, two of whom would go on to the Hall of Fame. The predecessor-successor transition with Joe Montana and Steve Young helped make DeBartolo’s 49ers one of…

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