As I was watching Sunday’s game between the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys, I couldn’t help but notice the fact that many of the players were sporting pink gear—pink shoes, pink gloves and pink towels.  Then it hit me.  They were acknowledging the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Although football is definitely considered a “manly sport”, it is nice to see macho men showing their support AND not being afraid to wear a “girly” color.

Hats go off to Carolina Panters running back DeAngelo Williams who has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of his mother, who was diagnosed with the disease several years ago and three of his aunts, all of whom have died.  Williams, along with Bradie James of the Cowboys, are known as Ambassadors for the National Football League Players Association One Time for the Cure.

Former Detroit Lion star Chris Spielman has also been a strong advocate since his wife Stefanie dies from breast cancer just a few years ago at the age of 42.

While I applaud the NFL for drawing attention to the seriousness of breast cancer, it is my hope that after October—when the pink goes away–that they will still draw attention to it in some form or fashion.  After all, women like football too!

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