This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will travel to New Jersey to take on the Jets. As always, both teams will try to avoid making critical mistakes, including costly penalties. Except, this Sunday, instead of trying to avoid getting a yellow penalty flag thrown on him, Richie Incognito and the Dolphins will try to avoid having a pink penalty flag thrown on them. On Thursday, NFL Commish Roger Goodell announced that the officials in Sunday’s Dolphins/Jets game will use pink penalty flags instead of the traditional yellow penalty flags.
This will mark the first time since 1965 that the penalty flags used in an NFL game will not be yellow. The suggestion to use pink flags came from an 11 year old New Jersey boy named Dante Cano. Dante sent a letter to Commissioner Goodell, suggesting that the NFL use pink penalty flags as part of their initiative to increase breast cancer awareness during October. Here’s what Dante wrote:
“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.”
We’ve all noticed players wearing pink cleats, towels, gloves, etc., but this was a great idea by an 11 year old. I think what the NFL does each year is great, players really embrace helping increase breast cancer awareness. Keep up the good work!