The NFL Tackles Breast Cancer

Football is getting its pink on! Tune into NFL Football this season to see your favorite players in pink cleats, gloves and wristbands -- even the coach staff got pink hats! (46 Photos)

Heather M. Graham on Sep 28, 2012 at 3:55PM

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The NFL Tackles Breast Cancer

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Cleveland Browns

Wide Receiver Josh Cribbs

Josh Cribbs lost his grandmother to the disease. "That’s what makes it [breast cancer awareness] so dear to me. She was important in my life, my family’s life...It’s just motivation to know that I don’t really want other people to go through that if they don’t have to. If they could do something about it, then they should," he told Cribbs was a past member of the Pink-Tie Guys, a group of eight men selected annually by different Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates to engage more men in breast cancer awareness.

Safety Usama Young

Young lost his grandma to breast cancer last year, but still draws strength from her battle. “Even though she was sick, she still found a way to help us, to help raise us,” Young told  He now participates with his fellow teammates in various breast cancer events.

Offensive Tackle Joe Thomas

Teammate Joe Thomas watched his mother-in-law, Judy Nelson, battle and survive breast cancer. Now he, his wife Annie and Judy regularly participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. "To be able to see somebody go through that, go through the chemotherapy, lose their hair and come back better than ever is really an awesome experience. You can draw a little bit from that, her strength and her courage in the face of cancer," he told

Linebacker Scott Fujita

Scott’s mother, Helen, is a breast cancer survivor who fought and beat the disease twice. He supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure and films public service announcements for the cause. “My mother, Helen, is a two-time breast cancer survivor, so Breast Cancer Awareness Month is particularly important to my family. We’ve learned how critical early detection is, and we support all forms of the research that is ongoing to fight the disease. I can’t stress enough how important it is for every woman to have mammograms yearly and to raise their awareness about breast cancer.”

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