10.9.13

NFL Watch // Breast Cancer Awareness 2013

NFL Watch // Breast Cancer Awareness 2013

words // Brandon Richard

While NFL action is always entertaining, the biggest story on the field in Week 5 was the acknowledgement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, the NFL allows players, personnel and officials to be outfitted in pink gear to bring attention to the cause. Additionally, the NFL highlights its own ‘Crucial Catch’ campaign, which is focused on the importance of annual screenings.

This past weekend, we saw cleats, gloves, towels, wristbands, whistles, mouthguards another other accessories from virtually every sporting goods brand. Some players used the platform to pay homage to loved ones who have battled or been lost to the disease. Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel’s mother Jackie battled breast cancer much of last year and is currently in remission. To salute the most important woman in his life, EJ wrote ‘Love Mom’ on his pink-based Nike Alpha Pro cleats. Similarly, San Francisco 49ers receiver Kyle Williams created a custom pair of Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2 cleats in tribute to his grandmother, who he lost to breast cancer while he was in high school.

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Denver Broncos edged out the Dallas Cowboys in a historic 99-point game; the Cleveland Browns won their third straight game after trading Trent Richardson on Thursday night; Cincinnati handed the New England Patriots their first loss of the season; the Green Bay Packers easily handled a Detroit Lions team missing Calvin Johnson; Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts picked up another big win after knocking off the Seattle Seahawks at home; the Kansas City Chiefs became the second team in NFL history to start 5-0 after having the worst record in the previous season; San Francisco continued to get back on track with a dominant 34-3 home win over the Houston Texans; and the New York Jets surprised the Atlanta Falcons on the road to send the birds to a surprising 1-4 start.

Have a look at some of the Breast Cancer Awareness football cleats and gear that hit the field during Week 5 in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Breast Cancer Awareness 2013

EJ Manuel wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD Breast Cancer Awareness

EJ Manuel – Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Colin Kaepernick wearing Nike Alpha Pro Low TD Breast Cancer Awareness

Colin Kaepernick – Nike Alpha Pro Low TD

Anthony Dixon wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight Breast Cancer Awareness

Anthony Dixon – Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Kyle Williams wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2.0 White/Pink

Kyle Williams – Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Brandon Carr wearing Under Armour Cam Low MC Breast Cancer Awarenes

Brandon Carr – Under Armour Cam Low MC

Knowshon Moreno wearing Reebok Zig Blaze Pink

Knowshon Moreno – Reebok Zig Blaze

Nick Toon wearing Under Armour Nitro Glove

Nick Toon – Under Armour Nitro Glove

Greg Toler wearing Nike Air Zoom Huarache 3 Pink

Greg Toler – Nike Air Zoom Huarache 3

Antoine Bethea wearing Nike Air Zoom Huarache 3 Pink/Blue

Antoine Bethea – Nike Air Zoom Huarache 3

Reggie Wayne wearing Reebok Zig Blaze Low Pink

Reggie Wayne – Reebok Zig Blaze Low

DeAngelo Williams wearing Nike Air Zoom Merciless Pink

DeAngelo Williams – Nike Air Zoom Merciless

Steve Smith Under Armour Mercenary 5/8 MC Pink

Steve Smith – Under Armour Mercenary

Daryl Washington wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low TD Pink

Daryl Washington – Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Michael Vick wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD Pink

Michael Vick – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Hakeem Nicks wearing Jordan Six Rings Black/Pink

Hakeem Nicks – Jordan Six Rings

Hakeem Nicks wearing Jordan Six Rings Black/Pink

Hakeem Nicks – Jordan Six Rings

Eddie Royal wearing Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Receiver Gloves

Eddie Royal – Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Receiver Gloves

Terrelle Pryor wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Terrelle Pryor – Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Andre Gurode wearing Nike Zoom Code Elite 3/4 Pink

Andre Gurode – Nike Zoom Code Elite 3/4

images via Getty / AP Photo / USA Today / Yahoo

4 Comments

  • I really am a big fan of the Crucial Catch campaign, although the pink penalty flags did get a little bit confusing. Without a doubt, it certainly has helped keep the issue on more people’s minds during October. I am not sure if this was the first year, but Major League Soccer is doing their own campaign for breast cancer awareness month this year called “Soccer Kicks Cancer”. So don’t be surprised by all the pink if you tune in for a soccer game too. For my part, I helped put together an infographic which details some of the history behind breast cancer awareness, contributing organizations, as well as some prominent figures which have overcome this illness. I was hoping to share it with you here, even though I am not sure that you accept links here in the comment body. In any case, you can find my new infographic here: http://www.knowcancer.com/blog/breast-cancer-awareness-2013-infographic/

  • Christie :):

    Save the Tatas!

  • How to order those gloves

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