As part of the NFL's annual push to promote breast cancer awareness in October, the league has pink-washed its players and stadiums. Everything from goal posts to towels to socks to the first-down marker that viewers see on TV has turned to pink.
But one idea might have been too much of a good thing.
The NFL announced Monday that it would stop using pink penalty flags after Week 5 due to some confusion they caused. Because there's already so much pink on the field, it was hard to distinguish the flags on TV.
The pink flags were first used last season, after an 11-year-old boy suggested the idea in a note to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Dante Cano, a young boy from New Jersey, wrote the following note to Goodell:
Goodell liked the idea, and he invited Cano and his family to the unveiling of the pink flags at the Oct. 28 game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.
While the pink penalty flags have been nixed, players will still be allowed to wear pink equipment through Week 7.
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