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NFL Game This Weekend to Embrace 5th Grader's 'Pink Flags' Idea


During Sunday's National Football League game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, pink penalty flags will replace the traditional yellow ones, thanks to a letter sent by an 11-year-old boy to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

In case you haven't watched any NFL games in October, the league has gotten really into Breast Cancer Awareness month, with players using pink towels, and donning pink cleats, pink gloves, and pink wristbands.

The league's yellow penalty flags remained, though. That is, until 5th grader Dante Cano of Marlboro, N.J., wrote a letter to 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 in his letter. "Please write back."

Goodell did him one better: Not only will the league implement his "pink flags" idea in the Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday, but Cano will be on hand to personally present the flags to the referees that day.

"Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action," said Goodell in a statement. "Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation."

For the anti-pink flag crowd (assuming you exist?), not to fear: The traditional yellow flags will still be used in the league's other 12 games on Sunday and Monday.

Photo: A pink ribbon in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness adorns a football before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 21 in St. Louis. (Tom Gannam/AP)

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