Posted: 8:22 am Sunday, October 4th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Starting today, you’re going to notice an influx of pink on your TV screen during NFL games.
As part of the league’s initiative to support Breast Cancer Awareness month, several players, including Pahokee’s Anquan Boldin, will use pink accessories. Boldin, Randy Moss, Kevin Walter and Kelley Washington are among the NFL receivers expected to wear pink gloves.
“For me, it’s important because everyone out there has been affected in some way – a sibling, a relative, a friend,” Boldin said in a statement released by his foundation. “Personally, I have had two relatives suffer from cancer. It’s important to me.”
You won’t be able to spy those pink gloves today because Boldin’s Arizona Cardinals are off, but he plans to debut them against Houston next week.
Per an NFL press release, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Larry Fitzgerald and Chad Ochocino are among players who will wear pink cleats, wristbands, sideline caps, helmet decals, captains’ patches, sideline towels and quarterback towels.
The NFL will also use pink goal post padding, kicker balls with the pink ribbon decals, pink coins for the pre-game coin toss and they will distribute pink rally towels for the Sunday and Monday Night games this week.
Game-worn pink merchandise and K-balls will be autographed post-game and auctioned off at NFL Auction (www.NFLAuction.NFL.com), with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society and team charities. Special pink merchandise will be available at http://www.NFLShop.com and in stadium retail stores, with a portion of proceeds going to breast cancer charities.
Fans can visit http://www.NFL.com/pink to view the PSA and to learn more about breast cancer detection and prevention tips.
It will be interesting to see if the pink gloves trickle down to college and high school football as well.