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How and Why the NFL Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every year October brings a flood of pink to our television screens and media outlets for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Having a few friends who are battling the disease right now and being a bit of a skeptic myself, I have often wondered whether wearing pink really makes any difference, and how we can better identify pinkwashing from true fundraising efforts. As a huge football fan, a couple of years ago I questioned the NFL too with their pink rally towels, cleats, and footballs. That is when I learned about the impact that the NFL’s efforts have made towards breast cancer awareness and fundraising.

Over the past five years the National Football League has made this a huge priority, and has raised approximately $4.5 million for the American Cancer Society to date. This year, the NFL and the NFL Players Association will support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their initiative called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives,” which reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram. Funds raised through A Crucial Catch support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women who need them.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the campaign, this year will highlight inspiring stories of survivors who have been impacted by the A Crucial Catch campaign. Tina, a Jets fan and mother of three, did a self-exam after watching a 2011 Jets game, which led to an early and life-saving discovery of breast cancer.

And that is really why efforts such as this one matter.  If seeing a player wearing pink reminds even one woman to do a self exam or to make an appointment for her mammogram, then all this really does make a difference. If the NFL’s fundraising efforts can help an under-insured woman receive treatment, then it really does matter.

Beginning this week, players, coaches, and cheerleaders will be wearing and using pink merchandise, which will be autographed post-game and auctioned at NFL Auction (www.nfl.com/auction).  All net proceeds from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness items on NFL Auction will benefit the American Cancer Society.

In addition, several NFL partners are creating pink merchandise for Breast Cancer Awareness games and by selling pink merchandise in stadium retail stores and online, with a portion of proceeds going to breast cancer charities. For more information, visit nfl.com/pink. Even Diet Pepsi is teaming up with spokesperson Sofia Vergara in support of NFL Auction, donating items and experiences for fans to bid on, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

NFL Players will be raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness with collective and individual efforts across the country. Through the NFLPA’s One Team for the Cure initiative, approximately 20 players who have been affected by cancer will have personalized t-shirts available for sale at One Team Shop.com.

Since breast cancer has touched so many lives it should be no surprise that the disease has deeply affected many NFL players, coaches, and owners too. You can browse through the slideshow below to find out how your team will honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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    Browse through the slideshow to find out what your favorite team will do to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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  • Arizona Cardinals 2 of 32
    NFC West Arizona Cardinals

    Team: Arizona Cardinals

    Events:

    - Monday, Sept 30: The Cardinals will host a Breast Cancer Survivor Dinner at Sapporos in Scottsdale, AZ. Players will make dinner for survivors.

    - Sunday, Oct 6: Prior to kickoff, the Cardinals parachute team will jump over University of Phoenix Stadium with pink flags and pink smoke. During the game, the cheerleaders and mascot, Big Red, will wear pink items. The National Anthem will be performed by Amber Carrington, from Season 4 of the The Voice, whose mother passed away from breast cancer. Halftime will feature a special tribute to breast cancer survivors. Local high school cheerleaders will perform with pink poms, and a giant pink ribbon will be unfurled by 80 breast cancer survivors.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Larry Fitzgerald & Nick Eason

  • Atlanta Falcons 3 of 32
    NFC South Atlanta Falcons

    Team: Atlanta Falcons

    Events:

    - Monday, Oct 1: 5th Annual Dazzle & Dine event where the Falcons will treat five breast cancer survivors to a day of pampering and a night of fine dining with players.

    - During the Falcons breast cancer awareness game, the cheerleaders and Freddie Falcon will dress in pink uniforms, and Dazzle & Dine winners will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  A large pink ribbon will be held by breast cancer survivors during the anthem, and the Falcons flag used for player introductions will be unfurled by breast cancer survivors and family members.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Sam Baker & Matt Bosher

  • Baltimore Ravens 4 of 32
    AFC North Baltimore Ravens

    Team: Baltimore Ravens

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 13: The Ravens will host an on-field tribute recognizing local breast cancer survivors and patients currently undergoing treatment. All survivors honored on-field will receive a pink Ravens T-shirt from New Era. Ravens cheerleaders will also be in pink gear for the game and Baltimore's Marching Ravens will sport pink plumes.

    - Sunday, Oct 27: "Team Purple," comprised of Ravens fans, wives and staff members, will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Vonta Leach & Jacoby Jones

  • Buffalo Bills 5 of 32
    AFC East Buffalo Bills

    Team: Buffalo Bills

    Events:

    - Friday, Oct 11: The Bills, ECMC, ECMC Lifeline Foundation, American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, and Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls, NY are coming together to celebrate the eighth-annual Billieve event for breast cancer awareness.. The event will include an International PINKTOBER Living Ribbon across the Rainbow Bridge, linking two nations together in their fight against breast cancer. The evening will also include a ceremonial pink illumination of Niagara Falls, a free outdoor concert by Zac Brown Tribute Band, and a pink fireworks show.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Scott Chandler & E.J. Manuel

  • Carolina Panthers 6 of 32
    NFC South Carolina Panthers

    Team: Carolina Panthers

    Events:

    - The Panthers are partnering with the American Cancer Society for a special high school football "Crucial Catch" program in which 24 of North and South Carolina's top high school football programs will fundraise at their own "Crucial Catch" pink games during October. In addition, the Panthers are asking fans to submit "Keep Pounding Survivor Stories" to be featured on the team's website, magazine, and Game Time program throughout the month of October.  All survivors who submit stories will receive tickets to the Sunday, Oct. 20 Rams vs. Panthers "A Crucial Catch" game.

    - Saturday, Oct 5: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is captaining the "Williams Warriors" race team for the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure for the fifth consecutive year.  Since its inception, the Williams Warriors have raised $200,000 for cancer research and patient support programs. Susan Olsen, breast cancer survivor and mother of Panthers player Greg Olsen, will serve as the team's honorary "Keep Pounding" drummer prior to kickoff.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: DeAngelo Williams, Greg Olsen, Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon

  • Chicago Bears 7 of 32
    NFC North Chicago Bears

    Team: Chicago Bears

    Events:

    - The Bears will sell "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" T-shirts benefiting area organizations that provide care and support to breast cancer patients and their families, as well as offer access to critical breast health services to low-income women.

    - Sunday, Oct. 6: Breast cancer survivors will help hold the 4th Phase Flag on-field prior to kick-off at Soldier Field. The Bears and 4th Phase flags used after the Bears score will be branded in all pink. With assistance from the Chicago Park District, Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park will also be turned pink during the week leading up to the game. 

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Cory Wootton, Joe DeCamillis

  • Cincinnati Bengals 8 of 32
    AFC North Cincinnati Bengals

    Team: Cincinnati Bengals

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 6: The Bengals will honor breast cancer awareness during their BCA game at Paul Brown Stadium.  In the pre-game fan zone area, "The Jungle Zone," there will be a Women's Services Van with volunteers distributing information, courtesy of team partner TriHealth.  TriHealth will also be handing out pink hats, and the Bengals will recognize a ‘Care Quarterback' at the game.  Pre-game, they will honor the Marvin Lewis Community Fund's Pink Football Award Winner with a special presentation, including over 200 Ben-Gal Cheerleader Alumni displaying a large pink ribbon. The Pink Football winner also will deliver the pink coin to midfield for the coin toss.  

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Reggie Nelson

  • Cleveland Browns 9 of 32
    AFC North Cleveland Browns

    Team: Cleveland Browns

    Events:

    - Tuesday, Sept 24: The Browns will host the Look Good, Feel Better initiative at FirstEnergy Stadium to welcome oncology patients and their loved ones. Over 100 guests are expected to come to this national public service program which helps cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image.

    - Thursday, Oct 5: The Browns will recognize five survivors during the game. These honorees will join Jim Brown as the honorary coin toss captains. During pregame, there will be a presentation of a symbolic pink ribbon flag, and breast cancer survivors from the Cleveland Clinic and surrounding hospitals will be part of this special presentation.

    - Sunday, Oct. 12: The Browns will host the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at FirstEnergy Stadium. Thousands of participants are expected and the Browns will have a team in the walk comprised of staff, Browns Women's Organization, and Kids of the Browns.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Joe Thomas, Leon McFadden

  • Dallas Cowboys 10 of 32
    NFC East Dallas Cowboys

    Team: Dallas Cowboys

    Events:
    - Sunday, Oct 6: The Cowboys will host breast cancer survivors and co-survivors to join the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and alumni Cheerleaders in a special pink halftime.

    - Saturday, Oct 19: "Team Cowboys" the club's annual race team for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure is being expanded to offer all Cowboys fans from across North Texas to join the team.

    - Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr and Carr's mother, a two time breast cancer survivor, will also join Cowboys Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and Pat Smith, the Dallas County Race for the Cure Honorary Chair and wife of NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, in filming a PSA which will be shown in-stadium and across North Texas leading up to the Race.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Victor Butler & Brandon Carr

  • Denver Broncos 11 of 32
    AFC West Denver Broncos

    Team: Denver Broncos

    Events:

    - Friday, Oct 11: The Broncos will work with Entravision to host a tailgate and live TV remote on site at Clinica Tepeyac to highlight breast cancer survivor stories that afternoon. Clinica Tepeyac is the recipient of the American Cancer Society CHANGE grant from the NFL. Miles the Mascot and cheerleaders will be in attendance to support the effort.

    - Sunday, Oct 13: The Broncos will welcome 100 breast cancer survivors from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Denver Metropolitan, their season ticketholder pool and Clinica Tepeyac for a special pre-game pink champagne brunch. These VIP guests will then be involved in a special half time tribute. 

    - The Broncos will also have a team in this year's Race for the Cure.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Von Miller & Demaryius Thomas

  • Detroit Lions 12 of 32
    NFC North Detroit Lions

    Team: Detroit Lions

    Events:

    - Saturday, Oct 12: The Lions will sponsor and participate in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Detroit.

    - Sunday, Oct 20: Approximately 100 breast cancer survivors will form the fan tunnel for players to run through during pregame introductions.

    - Linebacker Stephen Tulloch is partnering with Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men and their foundation throughout the 2013 NFL season to raise awareness of childhood and breast cancer in Metro Detroit. Through the partnership, Tulloch and Lady Jane's will choose a child or family that have been affected by cancer to receive two front row tickets to every Lions home game.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Martin Mayhew & Jason Arapoff

  • Green Bay Packers 13 of 32
    NFC North Green Bay Packers

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 6: The Packers will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month at Lambeau Field. Packers players will prominently feature the color pink in several ways. In the hours leading up to kickoff, the American Cancer Society will coordinate a station encouraging women to receive a mammogram reminder and fans to donate to the cause.  Fans will receive pink Kohl's Cares rally towels entering the stadium.  Fifty breast cancer survivors will be on the field making up the gauntlet for players to run through during introductions, and thirty survivors will be holding a large pink ribbon on the field during the National Anthem. 

    - Tuesday, Oct 22: The Packers Women's Association, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, will coordinate a powder puff football game with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. 

    - Pink lights will glow around the Bellin Health Gate of Lambeau Field throughout the entire month of October.

  • Houston Texans 14 of 32
    AFC South Houston Texans

    Team: Houston Texans

    Events:

    - Beginning on Tuesday, Oct 1: The Texans will launch an online fundraiser, Texans Care for Komen. Fans can make a monetary donation online and get a chance to win Texans tickets for the Pink Ribbon game.

    - Tuesday, Oct 1: Texans Cheerleaders, Kroger, and Houston Methodist Hospital will team up to reward six breast cancer survivors with the ultimate shopping spree in a local Kroger.

    - Saturday, Oct 5: The Texans will be a sponsor at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. During the team's Pink Ribbon game, the Texans will honor Mrs. McNair and Debbie Phillips as the Texans Coin Toss Captains. Over 50 breast cancer survivors and their caregivers will be invited to a special game day experience. Nancy Curtis will sing the national anthem and Kroger will do a stadium card stunt that will showcase the names of their loved ones they are celebrating.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Kareem Jackson & Wade Phillips

  • Indianapolis Colts 15 of 32
    AFC South Indianapolis Colts

    Team: Indianapolis Colts

    Events:

    - For the third consecutive year, the Colts will turn Indianapolis' downtown canal pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

    - Friday, Oct 4: The public is invited to the free "Pinking of the Canal" event, presented by Pools of Fun from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Ohio Street Basin of the Canal.

    - Sunday, Oct 6: The Colts are also dedicating their game to breast cancer awareness month and will include several game-day activities to recognize survivors and engage their fans in this important cause. For a second year in a row, the Colts are excited to launch the "Pamper Her Pink" program, sponsored by Tyler Mason Salon & Spa, to provide a day of pampering for 10 women who are currently battling, or have survived, breast cancer. Ten finalists will then be selected to receive a day of pampering from Tyler Mason Salon & Spa, as well as dinner with Colts players at Indianapolis Colts Grille on Tuesday, Oct.15.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Corry Redding, Mike McGlynne, Antoine Bethea, Matt Overton, Ricky Jean Francois & Donald Brown

  • Jacksonville Jaguars 16 of 32
    AFC South Jacksonville Jaguars

    Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Events:

    - Thursday, Oct 17: The Jaguars will host an NFL 101 for Women event with a portion of the proceeds and silent auction benefitting "In The Pink," a non-profit boutique for women living with cancer.

    - Sunday, Oct 20: The team will be led out onto the field by a breast cancer survivor. Pink ribbons providing breast cancer detection information will be distributed to fans entering the game by ZTA sorority members. Additionally, the American field flag will be held by 60 breast cancer survivors during the national anthem.  The Jaguars Foundation's 50/50 raffle will benefit Baptist Health/Hill Breast Center. 

  • Kansas City Chiefs 17 of 32
    AFC West Kansas City Chiefs

    Team: Kansas City Chiefs

    Events:

    -Tuesday, Oct 8: The Chiefs will join the University of Kansas Hospital to host a Look Good Feel Better session along with the American Cancer Society for individuals going through cancer treatment.

    - Sunday, Oct 13: The Chiefs' annual breast cancer awareness game will be presented by Hy-Vee and The University of Kansas Hospital. One hundred breast cancer survivors and honorees will participate in various on-field pregame festivities and recognitions. The Chiefs Women's Organization will be on-site outside the Arrowhead Stadium gates distributing a limited edition EyeBlack with A Crucial Catch messaging. Additionally, the team will recognize one honoree who is a breast cancer survivor, caregiver, or has furthered the cause of breast cancer awareness.

    - Honorees will sit in a sole pink seat in Arrowhead Stadium during each of the three October home games.

    - The team will hold a series of silent auctions for items, including a number of game-worn equipment and signed pink merchandise. All proceeds from each endeavor will go to support The University of Kansas Cancer Center Breast Surgery Center.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Andy Reid, Alex Smith, Dave Toub & Sean McGrath

  • Miami Dolphins 18 of 32
    AFC East Miami Dolphins

    Team: Miami Dolphins

    Events:

    - The Dolphins Women's Organization along with volunteers from ZTA will be passing out Breast Cancer Awareness stickers provided by Baptist Health Breast Center. The Miami Dolphins Foundation will be presenting a $10,000 scholarship to a student who has lost a parent to Breast Cancer.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer:John Denney, Stephen Ross

  • Minnesota Vikings 19 of 32
    NFC North Minnesota Vikings

    Team: Minnesota Vikings

    Events:

    - Tuesday, Oct. 22 the Vikings will host their third-annual Breast Cancer Survivor luncheon.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Chad Greenway

  • New England Patriots 20 of 32
    AFC East New England Patriots

    Team: New England Patriots

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 13: The Patriots host 150 breast cancer survivors on the field prior to the game. They will be donning pink hats and will join the Patriots cheerleaders, who will also be wearing pink, on the field to create a pink breast cancer ribbon on the field.  The 150 survivors will include season ticket holders, club seats holders and premium seating members as well as some Patriots players and staff member family members who are breast cancer survivors.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Danny Aiken, Danny Amendola, Chris Barker, Marcus Cannon, Marquice Cole, Aaron Dobson, Stephen Gostkowski, Dont'a Hightower, Michael Hoomanawanui, Ryan Mallett, Matthew Mulligan, Rob Ninkovich, Brandon Spikes, Aqib Talib, Sebastian Vollmer & Vince Wilfork

  • New Orleans Saints 21 of 32
    NFC South New Orleans Saints

    Team: New Orleans Saints

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 27: At their Breast Cancer Awareness game, team partner Ochsner Health System will recognize breast cancer survivors during a pre-game presentation as part of the Ochsner Heroes program. They will also provide pink bandanas for all fans entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Volunteers from ACS and breast cancer survivors will serve as gate giveaway crews. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be lit pink on the day of the game.

    - The Saints are also participating in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, as Saints Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc will serve as honorary chair of the race.

    - Saints Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc along with Saints Punter Thomas Morstead were honored at Susan G. Komen New Orleans' Kickdat Event in September along with local breast cancer survivors.

    - Saints players will visit the chemo ward and Tanzy Breast Center of Ochsner Health System to distribute tote bags filled with Saints/Ochsner pink items. 

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Thomas Morstead, Malcolm Jenkins

  • New York Giants 22 of 32
    NFC East New York Giants

    Team: New York Giants

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 6: On hand at the game will be hundreds sorority sisters who will be passing out pins/stickers in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Additionally, the Giants will have an on field recognition where they will be paying tribute to the children of breast cancer survivors. The children will be asked to join their mothers on the field as they unfurl the pink ribbon on the 50 yard line during pre-game. A donation will also be made to the American Cancer Society in support of A Crucial Catch.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Louis Murphy Jr.

  • New York Jets 23 of 32
    AFC East New York Jets

    Team: New York Jets

    Events:

    - The Jets will honor Tina Agosta (mentioned above), a breast cancer survivor that was impacted by A Crucial Catch, at their game. She will be the honorary team captain.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Muhammad Wilkerson, Kyle Wilson Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster

  • Philadelphia Eagles 24 of 32
    NFC East Philadelphia Eagles

    Team: Philadelphia Eagles

    Events:

    - Starting on Monday, Oct 1: Jefferson Hospital and the Eagles will kick off the Tacking Breast Cancer initiative with a digital push on PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

    - Monday, Oct 14: The Eagles will host a community event with representatives from Bring Hope Home, an organization that is dedicated to emotionally and financially supporting local families battling cancer.

    - Tuesday, Oct 15: The Premium Services Department will host a VIP Pink Party for season ticket holders and premium clients.

    - Sunday, Oct 20: On the concourse, fans will have the opportunity to engage with Jefferson's volunteers who will be on-site. Snapple will have pink rally towels as done in previous years. 

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Kurt Coleman, LeSean McCoy

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 25 of 32
    AFC North Pittsburgh Steelers

    Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 20: The Steelers will honor breast cancer survivors from ACS and UPMC Magee Women's Hospital on the field during their pregame festivities.  Ford and UPMC are the co-sponsors of the game and will be providing a pink Terrible Towel for all fans in attendance. Proceeds from pink Steelers merchandise will again benefit local breast cancer charities.

    - The Steelers will once again be doing a cooking class for breast cancer patients and survivors. Players will help prepare the food and then serve it to the patients.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Chris Carter, Zoltan Mesko

  • St. Louis Rams 26 of 32
    NFC West St. Louis Rams

    Team: St. Louis Rams

    Events:

    - Sunday, Oct 6: The Rams have worked with team partners Schnucks and Dr Pepper to include 50 ladies who have fought or are currently fighting breast cancer in the "Schnucks' Survivor Tunnel presented by 7UP Ten." At halftime, the cheerleaders will join with alumni cheerleaders and junior cheerleaders for a special "Cheer for a Cure" performance. Prior to the game, Rams players including tight end Jared Cook, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, center Barrett Jones and running back Isaiah Pead will participate in breast cancer awareness rallies at the Rams corporate headquarters with A Crucial Catch team partners: Ameren, Express Scripts and Maritz.

    - The Rams are also working with American Cancer Society to host a special private reception for breast cancer survivors at the team's practice facility.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jim Tomsula, Jonathan Goodwin & Harry Edwards

  • San Diego Chargers 27 of 32
    AFC West San Diego Chargers

    Team: San Diego Chargers:

    Events:

    - Tuesday, Oct 8: The Chargers will host a mobile mammography event at Qualcomm stadium in coordination with Komen, San Diego and the San Diego Family Health Centers. During the all-day event, 40 free mammograms will be provided to underserved women in the community and early detection information will be distributed. Sign-ups will also be taken for mammograms at other locations. Players will be in attendance throughout the day. Chargers Wives Club will be assisting throughout the day, in addition to helping with refreshments and goodie bags for attendees.

    - Sunday, Oct 14: The Chargers will hold their annual A Crucial Catch celebration on the field by honoring 30 breast cancer survivors pre-game. The game is sponsored by UCSD Medical Center and the ZTA sorority will have static displays at four locations in-side the stadium to educate fans on the importance of early detection. As part of the pre-game festivities two large pink ribbons will be unveiled on the field and the Chargers will support one Honorary Captain, a breast cancer survivor, with a donation to their American Cancer Society relay team.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Dean Spanos

  • San Francisco 49ers 28 of 32
    NFC West San Francisco 49ers

    Team: San Francisco 49ers

    Events:

    - Wednesday, Oct 2: The 49ers will honor members of the 49ers family who have been impacted by breast cancer by treating them to a "Spa Crawl" throughout Palo Alto with services donated by Juut Salon and SkinSpirit, followed by dinner hosted by Nola Restaurant and served by their 49ers team members.

    - Sunday, Oct 6: As the featured game on Sunday Night Football, the 49ers are honored to be able to help kick off breast cancer awareness month. At half time, 75 survivors will be welcomed to the field in a moving ceremony, featuring a lyrical dance by 49ers Gold Rush and the unfurling of a giant pink ribbon. Once assembled, 49ers alumni players will present each survivor with a long stemmed pink rose.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Sidney Rice

  • Seattle Seahawks 29 of 32
    NFC West Seattle Seahawks

    Team: Seattle Seahawks

    Events:

    - Saturday, Oct 12: The Seahawks Women's Association will host a Football 101/201 Clinic with proceeds benefitting the local chapter of Gilda's Club.

    - Sunday, Oct 13: During the game, the Sea Gals will use neon pink poms and will wear neon pink boots.  During halftime, the Sea Gals will be joined by high school dance teams to honor local survivors. The two video boards will have pink ribbons on the bottom of the screen during the entire game.

    - The Seahawks Pro Shop will be selling a variety of pink merchandise throughout the month with a pledge to donate 10 percent of the sales to Gilda's Club.

    - The CenturyLink Field arch lights will be pink Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout the month of October.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Joe Bowden, Patty Schultz, Lorie Maginn,  Jared Cook & Brandon McGee

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 of 32
    NFC South Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Events:
    - Sunday, Oct 13: The inaugural Tampa Bay Buccaneers Treasure Chests 5K charity race benefitting American Cancer Society, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center will take place at Raymond James Stadium. During the Buccaneers breast cancer game, the team will be welcomed to the field by 90 children with parents affected by breast cancer and oncology nurses from across Florida. Military members battling breast cancer will enjoy the game from the Buccaneers Salute to Service Suite and more than 300 breast cancer survivors, patients and caretakers will enjoy the game from the players' Front Row Fans sections. The Treasure Chests 5K race winners will serve as honorary coin toss captains and halftime will include 500 race participants. Pink flags will fly from the pirate ship in Buccaneer Cove and all fans will receive a custom Buccaneers pink & red rally towel upon entry.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Adam Hayward

  • Tennessee Titans 31 of 32
    AFC South Tennessee Titans

    Team: Tennessee Titans

    Events:
    - Sunday, Oct 6: The Titans will recognize and salute 18 survivors prior to their Breast Cancer Awareness game. The survivors will then join the Titans cheerleaders in line formation during player introductions prior to kickoff. Saint Thomas Health's Mobile Mammography Coach will be stationed at LP Field with Saint Thomas' staff sharing information regarding importance of early screening and breast health.

    - The Titans are partnering with Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville to raise money and awareness regarding the importance of breast health and early detection. Fans have the opportunity to purchase a personalized Pink Ribbon Sign to recognize a survivor or in memory of a loved one who has lost their battle with breast cancer. Proceeds from the sales will go toward Komen Nashville's support of the Saint Thomas Mission in Motion Mobile Mammography Coach.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Craig Stevens & Ralph Ockenfels

  • Washington Redskins 32 of 32
    NFC East Washington Redskins

    Team: Washington Redskins

    Events:

    - Tuesday, Oct 15: The Redskins and the American Cancer Society will host the sixth-annual All-Star Survivors Celebration for area women currently battling breast cancer.

    - Sunday, Oct 20: Fans attending the Redskins game will be welcomed by Tanya Snyder, an NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Spokesperson, CareFirst and hundreds of ZTA members distributing THINK-PINK! ribbons and breast cancer awareness educational materials. In honor of the five million pink ribbons being distributed this year, the Redskins and ZTA will create a human pink ribbon on the field at halftime.

    - The Redskins will also "pink out" all of the team's social platforms and install a map feature on WOWRedskins.com to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection by allowing women to search for a breast cancer screening center closest to them.

    Personnel affected by breast cancer: Dan Snyder, Josh Morgan & Will Montgomery

Image credit: http://NFL.com

 

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