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Refs to use pink flags during Jets-Dolphins game, thanks to 11-year-old’s letter (pics)

When the New York Jets host the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, the officials assigned to the game will be throwing a different colored penalty flag in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thanks to a brilliant idea courtesy of a fifth-grader in New Jersey.

Dante Carlo, an 11-year-old from Marlboro, N.J., recently wrote a letter (image of letter below) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting that referees use pink flags during games in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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“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. Please write back.”

Incredibly, Dante’s letter found its way into Goodell’s hands, who agreed with the young man that it would be a great idea. So, during Sunday’s game between the Jets and the Dolphins, officials will be using pink penalty flags. And courtesy of an invite from Roger Goodell himself, Cano and his family will be at MetLife Stadium to not only attend the game, but to present the officials with the pink penalty flags before kickoff.

Said Goodell about Cano:

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action. Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

The young man’s idea is brilliant, but even better, a great response from Goodell. Jonathan Vilma and his attorneys wish they had that kind of access to the Commish.