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NFL takes young fan's suggestion to use pink flags in Dolphins-Jets game

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 24, 2012 01:15 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Breast cancer awareness will reach a new zenith in the NFL, thanks to the suggestion of an 11-year old fan.

The NFL will use pink flags to mark penalties in Sunday's Dolphins-Jets game in New Jersey. The idea came from 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, who wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger 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. "Please write back."

Goodell welcomed the idea, inviting Cano and his family to this Sunday's Jets game.

"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."

Many players, officials and coaches have worn pink during games throughout October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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