Having lost his mother and four aunts to breast cancer, Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams recorded a video for the NFL explaining why his toenails and hair were painted pink.
Williams has said that it is not a color to him, but a culture. The National Football League allowed the pink during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to make Williams the top-billed athlete on the league’s breast cancer page. But who knew that just one day later, Williams would be fined.
The NFL says that athletes are not allowed to wear pink on the field after the month of October, except in their hair. The NFL actually doesn’t want its athletes wearing any pink that doesn’t have the NFL logo on it even during the month of October, because last week, when Williams wore “Find the Cure” eye black during a game, he was fined $5,700 for breaking the league’s uniform policy.
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) October 11, 2015
But Williams was not going to let the NFL’s strict rules get in his way of raising breast cancer awareness. This weekend he did so by enlisting the cutest and most headline-grabbing helpers we’ve ever seen — his daughters, because the NFL can’t dictate what they can wear.
NFL declined DeAngelo Williams’ request to wear pink beyond October, but his daughters having none of it. pic.twitter.com/u3FVs0Gn5q
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2015