DeAngelo Williams Says the NFL Shutdown His Plan to Wear Pink All Season

Pittsburgh Steelers, DeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams Says the NFL Shutdown His Plan to Wear Pink All Season

The Steelers running back lost his mother to breast cancer last year.

Published October 13, 2015

The National Football League marks the fight against breast cancer in October, but one player wanted to take things a step further.

According to ESPN, Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams wanted to wear pink all season to honor his mother, who died of breast cancer last year. The NFL's reported response was no, and they took the position that only October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that players can't continue to wear pink into November and beyond.

Last September, four months after losing his mom to breast cancer, Williams told reporters: "What I try to get people to understand is it's a 365 day a year thing. Once October is over, the breast cancer doesn't go away. The sickness doesn't go away. The chemo doesn't go away. The hurt and pain that a family member feels doesn't go away."

With the NFL reportedly nixing his plans to wear pink, the rusher has found a loophole, though—splashing some pink in his hair.

No one man is bigger than the league, but the NFL could have made an exception here.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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