NFL Star Shouldn't Be Allowed to Wear 'Breast Cancer Pink' All Season to Honor His Mom

Deangelo Williams wearing pinkBeing famous offers many celebrities and athletes a platform to raise awareness for causes that are close to their hearts. In honor of his mom and four aunts who died of breast cancer, Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams wants to wear pink beyond October but the NFL is refusing to allow it. 


While that is absolutely heartbreaking to think that Williams has suffered so much loss as a result of this horrible disease, we can see the NFL's point. (And, honestly, it pains me to find myself in agreement with this organization!) But here's why this ruling makes sense. Throughout October, players sport all sorts of pink to raise awareness of the disease that kills over 40,000 women per year in the U.S. alone.

But when he's on the field Williams is technically at work and on the job, and in most fields, you can't just wear whatever you'd like because it's important to you. Think about it: If each player wore the colors of the causes he supports, the playing field would look like a rainbow. There's light blue for autism, dark blue for colon cancer, teal for ovarian cancer, red for heart disease, and the list goes on. These are all incredibly worthy causes and all deserve our attention. But if you're playing a sport and need to find your teammate, that could be a challenge amid this sea of color. 

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Don't get me wrong, I really admire Williams for speaking up and wanting to take this stand. It's awesome that he is keeping his loved ones at the forefront of his mind. Wearing pink when he's off the field and while making public appearances would be a great way to keep the conversation going well beyond October. In fact, DeAngelo has gone and dyed his hair pink, which seems more personal and fitting.

Also, wearing a color is just the beginning. Raising funds for research and offering support to those who are battling the disease are also wonderful ways to show you're committed to this cause. And it sounds like Williams is doing just that. The star athlete is going to pay for 53 women to receive mammograms. How did he arrive at that number? It represents one of each year of his mom's life. Now that's making a real difference!


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