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Referees to throw pink flags in Miami Dolphins-N.Y. Jets game

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Gloves and shoelaces won't be the only pink items on the gridiron this week as the NFL continues its recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dante Cano's letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Dante Cano's letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (National Football League)

Referees working Sunday's game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium will call penalties by throwing pink flags. The move to ditch yellow and go pink was the brainchild of a fifth-grader, who suggested the idea in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness," Cano wrote. "Please write back."

Goodell was on board with the idea, and he has invited Cano and his family to present the pink flags to referees before the start of Sunday's game.

"Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action," Goodell said in a statement released by the NFL. "Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation."

This year marks the NFL's fourth annual recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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