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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NFL’s pink Breast Cancer Awareness campaign actually worked

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month, the NFL is donned with pink everywhere. It’s on the field and worn by players and coaches. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and there is also an agenda to sell pink merchandise. I for one think there’s too much pink going on but the idea behind it is right.

It’s been several years the NFL has done this initiative and here comes a story about how it actually did help one woman become aware.

Here’s a letter she sent to the Jets a couple days ago.

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NFL Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Fourth-Annual A Crucial Catch Campaign Benefitting The American Cancer Society

I’m all for awareness but this pink stuff is too much. I don’t know if players are required to wear pink but everyone does it anyway. If you don’t, you’ll get shunned. But how much pink? One wristband? Full socks? The problem is that the pink is too hard (need a lighter pink) and players run risk of fine if they over-accesorize. Can we establish a certain code of how much pink a player can wear? Sometimes it’s too much, despite the positive message it’s sending.

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Partnership Will Fund Outreach and Breast Cancer Screenings in Underserved Areas

The National Football League and NFL Players Association will support October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their fourth-annual national breast cancer screening initiative and fundraising campaign. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives,” reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram.

To date, the partnership has raised more than $3 million for the American Cancer Society, with the majority of the donation coming from the sale of pink items at retail and on NFL Auction. Beginning this year, money raised through A Crucial Catch will support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program. This program provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women who need them. The NFL markets being supported in the first year of the…

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