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Pink cleats idea came from DeAngelo Williams

Some of you might have wondered how the NFL decided to permit players to wear pink cleats and other accessories during the month of October.

According to Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com, the idea for the promotion of breast cancer awareness came not from some tie-wearing exec on Park Avenue, but from a member of the rank and file.

Running back DeAngelo Williams, per Reed, petitioned the league during the offseason for permission to wear pink cleats to help the cause.

“It means something to a lot of people affected by it,” Williams said.  “Families and
the people actually affected by it.  Nothing is stronger than wearing
pink on the thing that keeps you going in the National Football League
and that’s your cleats. . . .  Because if you don’t have a firm foot in
the ground you’re going to slip.”

The fact that the uniform-obsessed NFL made the gesture in the first place was significant on its own; the fact that the idea came from one of the league’s player makes it an even bigger deal, in our view.

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30 Responses to “Pink cleats idea came from DeAngelo Williams”
  1. wvugrad00 says: Oct 8, 2009 7:24 AM

    good for Williams for petitioning the NFL for it, I would never have thought the idea came from a player.

  2. dashoe says: Oct 8, 2009 7:30 AM

    I knew there was some “Tom Brady-ness” about him.
    Good on the NFL for bringing awarness to breast cancer.

  3. BigMikey says: Oct 8, 2009 7:51 AM

    Good for DeAngelo. Good for management for listening to an idea from labor.
    Oh, and he should have been a Pro-Bowler last year, too. 1500 yards and no fumbles? Aloha, baby.

  4. whywerule says: Oct 8, 2009 7:51 AM

    I knew there was some “Tom Brady-ness” about him.
    Well, DeAngelo Williams is not a future HOFer like Tom Brady, but he is apparently a very classy professional, on and off the field, like Tom Brady.

  5. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Oct 8, 2009 7:59 AM

    Now, how about another significant gesture from Williams. Try rushing for a hundred yards and a few TDs in a game. You are killing me in fantasy, you bum.

  6. lurch says: Oct 8, 2009 8:07 AM

    Yeah, this story was brought up last Monday when the whole pink thing was announced. ayto stay on the ball!

  7. Brownwood26 says: Oct 8, 2009 8:12 AM

    The irony here is that the guy who petitioned the league to wear pink cleats couldn’t actually participate in doing so since his team was on bye. Oh well…

  8. gwinn1952 says: Oct 8, 2009 8:21 AM

    I actually thought you’d see more players wearing the pink than you saw….very small numbers. You’d think they’d all want to show their support for Breast Cancer. It is a great gesture and come on guys….give it up and wear the pink cleats and show your support.

  9. chapnasty says: Oct 8, 2009 8:24 AM

    Am I the only person that is troubled by the color pink that they used? I mean I totally support the cause of raising awareness and money for breast cancer research but if I’m not mistaken the color pink used was flamboyantly, well how do I say, off. Since when does that “hot” pink relfect anything that is breast cancer? Hasn’t the color always used been a soft pink on ribbons and such? It seems as though the NFL used this “hot” pink because of it’s fashion statement. And what a statement it was. From the towels to the cleats to the gloves it all looked ridiculous.
    When baseball does their breast cancer awareness they use the traditional soft pink colors for their bats and gloves. Why did the NFL feel the need to alter the pink? It would appear to me that they not only wanted to raise awareness but they also wanted to be sure everyone knew the NFL was doing it. I think it is a shame that they handeled it the way they did. It could have been done the same way but with the traditional pink. I think that it insulted breast cancer awareness by making a fashion statement when the goal was the complete opposite.
    Let me know if I’m crazy, just something I thought of while watching this past weekend.

  10. medic406 says: Oct 8, 2009 8:24 AM

    “but he is apparently a very classy professional, on and off the field, like Tom Brady.”
    Yes, because every classy person has hired goons shoot at photographers during their wedding….allegedly.

  11. Below Me says: Oct 8, 2009 8:51 AM

    Great cause and good for the NFL to help awareness. Even better that it came from a player, DeAngelo Williams.
    dashoe says: “I knew there was some “Tom Brady-ness” about him.” WTF!
    Did DeAngelo Williams choke in the superbowl two years ago to the Giants like tom brady?
    t.b. “pffft, where only gonna score 17 points?” no sorry, only 14 tom!!
    Did DeAngelo Williams dump his pregnant girlfriend to date a super model (even if she can’t fly) like to brady?
    Did DeAngelo Williams ‘s bodyguards shoot at paparazzi like t brady?
    Did DeAngelo Williams invent the internet like brady?
    Does DeAngelo Williams whine on the field like a baby like rady?
    PENALTY!!
    insulting the quarterback 15 yards!

  12. John Doe says: Oct 8, 2009 8:55 AM

    Well, DeAngelo Williams is not a future HOFer like Tom Brady, but he is apparently a very classy professional, on and off the field, like Tom Brady.
    So DeAngelo Williams has kids out of wedlock too?

  13. Karen Rodgers Mom says: Oct 8, 2009 9:06 AM

    Actually it was Deanna Favre who first started the ” Pink ” idea. When Favre’s wife was diagnosed a few years back she and the Packers came out with a pink baseball cap with the proceeds going to fund breast cancer research.

  14. A_Source_close_2_Favre says: Oct 8, 2009 9:22 AM

    LOL…of course it was Brett and Deann who came up with the idea of using pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.
    They also in the past created Christmas and Easter. Man I love those people.

  15. Kidekk says: Oct 8, 2009 9:24 AM

    Damn man. Who would have known that someone with braids would be a good person? I thought they were all thugs.

  16. homercles82 says: Oct 8, 2009 9:26 AM

    Maybe the NFL should do this for concussion research or support it’s older players with terrible pensions. You would think they could focus on something a little more important to the league like their players.

  17. notorious_buc says: Oct 8, 2009 9:38 AM

    While the cause is certainly worthy, it seems to me that the NFL saw this as an opportunity to market a new line of pink hats and accessories to women. It kind of sickens me that so many manufacturers use this marketing ploy to sell many traditionally non female oriented products to women who are eager to support the cause. It is also irritating that other cancers are virtually ignored.

  18. Majik Man says: Oct 8, 2009 10:02 AM

    dashoe says: October 8, 2009 7:30 AM
    I knew there was some “Tom Brady-ness” about him.
    No, Williams didn’t get his way by crying to an official to make a phantom call. He started a petition, and he did it without the use of trigger happy bodyguards. And while filling out the petition, he failed to impregnate his girlfriend and then leave her, immediately, to raise his child. In Williams’ defense, it’s pretty tough to be that classy.

  19. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 8, 2009 10:13 AM

    You’re off base, notorious. I hear that next year they’ll be doing testicular cancer awareness. They’ll paint the footballs pink, and everyone has to check it for lumps.

  20. Facts Domino says: Oct 8, 2009 10:14 AM

    Tom Brady is to classy professional as Ryan Leaf is to Hall of Fame Quarterback.

  21. Jim says: Oct 8, 2009 11:09 AM

    Bravo for DeAngelo Williams. It’s refreshing to read a story like this about the NFL where no one is holding out or whining about ref’s calls or punching anyone in the jaw!

  22. CKL says: Oct 8, 2009 11:20 AM

    Leave it to that tard Colts troll Dashoe to turn a nice story into a Pats bashing opportunity. WTG assclown.
    RE: the pink used..I noticed the hot pink as well. But the cleats were the regular pink the BC movement uses. Not sure why that is with the hot pink.

  23. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 8, 2009 11:22 AM

    Was a matching donation made to breast cancer research or are they just raising awareness for one of the most known diseases out there?
    I didn’t hear about any, correct me if I am wrong.
    Nice gesture but if you think about the money spent on cleats and the other assorted gear used by the 32 teams it adds up. When a majority of the players actually wore pink it seemed out of place and hardly a nice tribute. Think a donation instead of wasting money on fancy gear would have been better.
    The props/padding used on goal posts and having the field painted with the pink ribbon was a nice touch.
    Just see a lot of flash and no substance.

  24. wowbaka says: Oct 8, 2009 11:23 AM

    The pink shoes were one of the most prominent, conspicuous accessories on the field. Good idea Mr. Williams.

  25. kurtismantronik says: Oct 8, 2009 12:19 PM

    Get off the conspiracy about the shade of pink used. I’m not in the business of standing up for management, but the NFL’s efforts went WAY beyond just alternate pink apparel. They actually stepped up across the country educating women on pro-active self-checks and the support services available to them.
    There’s always someone trying to bring everyone else down with a retarded conspiracy theory. Kudos, chapnasty.

  26. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 8, 2009 12:23 PM

    wow. classy move by DeAngelo!

  27. Soylent Green says: Oct 8, 2009 2:04 PM

    # Karen Rodgers Mom says: October 8, 2009 9:06 AM
    Actually it was Deanna Favre who first started the ” Pink ” idea. When Favre’s wife was diagnosed a few years back she and the Packers came out with a pink baseball cap with the proceeds going to fund breast cancer research.
    Actually no it wasn’t. Deangelo petitioned the league the wear pink during games for maximum exposure and attention to breast cancer and the Susan G Koman foundation. According to the story he has had three aunts who died of breast cancer and his mother is a breast cancer survivor.
    I guess Brett forgot to petition the league when he invented wearing pink.

  28. BBrophy1 says: Oct 8, 2009 2:42 PM

    And good for PFT mentioning it. I haven’t seen this blurb anywhere else. PFT has a days without an arrest meter, but they proved they report both sides of the coin unlike other news outlets

  29. Pantherfan10 says: Oct 8, 2009 4:16 PM

    Brownwood26 says:
    October 8, 2009 8:12 AM
    The irony here is that the guy who petitioned the league to wear pink cleats couldn’t actually participate in doing so since his team was on bye. Oh well…
    ————–
    Team with a month long bye?

  30. Bordner says: Oct 8, 2009 5:57 PM

    No, there is no “official” shade of pink. Any shade will do.
    I think this was one of the best gestures that the league has done in years. Breast cancer takes the lives of far too many women every year.
    The NFL isn’t the only business that is doing its part to raise awareness during the month, but it’s one of the ones with the highest-visibility. Small things like this might encourage some fans to do more for breast cancer research through donating money or volunteering their time at local events or fundraisers. It may even encourage some fans to go out and get exams. This is a very good thing.

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