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11-year-old Donte Cano gave NFL idea to use pink flags for Dolphins-Jets game

With this weekend marking the final round of games during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL has decided to do something it has never done before. Referees will trade their yellow penalty flags for pink ones during the game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. It’s a great new idea, and the fact that it was the brainchild of an 11-year-old boy makes it even better.

Cano sent a hand-written letter (pictured on the right) to Roger Goodell proposing the idea.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey,” the boy wrote. “I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness. Please write back.”

Goodell loved the idea and has invited Cano and his family to MetLife Stadium to present the pink flags to the officiating crew before the start of the game.

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

After hearing that the NFL’s effort to raise awareness for breast cancer literally saved a woman’s life, I’m of the opinion that they really can’t do too much with it. It’s great to see an 11-year-old taking that type of initiative.



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