NFL to use pink penalty flags in Jets-Dolphins at request of 11-year-old boy

Pink penalty flags will be flying on Sunday. (

You know the old saying that "it never hurts to ask"? Well, it's a saying for a reason: It's true. And as a result of someone asking the NFL to use pink penalty flags to celebrate breast cancer awareness, the league is going to use them for the Jets-Dolphins game in Week 8.

That someone, by the way, is an 11-year-old kid from New Jersey who wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

That's right: A young man named Dante Cano whipped a letter to Goodell, sent it up to New York and got the NFL to get on board with his plan.

"Dear Roger Goodell," Cano wrote (letter below). "My name is Dante Cano. I am from Marlboro, New Jersey and I am 11 years old. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness. Please write back. From, Dante Cano."

It never hurts to ask. (

It's actually a good idea to use pink penalty flags, although it would be better, I think, if they were the only pieces of pink on the field. The NFL does a great thing by recognizing the fight against breast cancer during the month of October, but oftentimes the pink becomes a little, ahem, overbearing during games.

Bonus: Dante gets to go to the game Sunday and present the flags to the officials before 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 released by the league. "Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation."

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