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Refs to use pink flags for Jets-Dolphins game

A penalty flag is seen after being thrown

A penalty flag is seen after being thrown by an NFL referee during the second quarter of a game between the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins. (Sept. 16, 2012) Credit: AP

NFL referees will use pink penalty flags during Sunday's Jets-Dolphins game, as part of their continued efforts to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The idea came from a New Jersey fifth-grader who wrote a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"My name is Dante Cano," the child wrote. "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. Please write back."

The league typically uses yellow flags for games, but Goodell supported the idea. He also invited Cano and his family to present the pink flags to refs before the start of the 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. "Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation."

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