It didn’t take long for Robert Griffin III to get his way and show support in the Washington Redskins’ first game of October for breast cancer awareness.
The rookie quarterback was always planning on wearing pink cleats made for him by Adidas but he posted on Twitter that the NFL wouldn’t let him wear a pink sleeve on his left arm. Soon after, he tweeted that he was allowed to and called on Adidas to make it happen.
It did, so Griffin will be pouring on the pink for Sunday’s game vs. the Atlanta Falcons, with the cleats, skullcap, sleeve, wristband and glove on his left arm and hand.
“It’s just paying tribute to all those who have had to fight breast cancer. Me personally, I don’t know if anyone in my family has ever been affected by it. I know it means something to a lot of different people,” Griffin said Wednesday. “Sometimes, it’s not necessarily what you’re doing for yourself that can make a difference in this world. It’s what you’re doing to try to bring awareness to other people’s struggles.”
The Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, like every NFL team, will have pink as part of on-field and sideline gear as part of an effort to bring attention to breast cancer and its treatments. Alfred Morris was among those players with pink cleats, and Ryan Kerrigan had a pink elbow band.
FedEx Field’s video boards featured the message: “A crucial catch,” in reference to trying to diagnose the disease early enough.