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Griffin III: I’m Wearing Pink Sleeve

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 1, 2012 – 9:26 pm

(AP photo)

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III confirmed via his Twitter account tonight that he’ll be wearing a pink arm sleeve as part of this month’s NFL breast cancer awareness initiatives.

Griffin III — who has always worn a sleeve on his left, non-throwing arm during his time with the Redskins — originally told a follower that the league would not allow him to wear a pink sleeve, but that message apparently changed pretty quickly:

Griffin III, however, won’t be the first member of the Redskins to wear pink this month. Injured long snapper Nick Sundberg — who broke his arm Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints — today had his doctor put a hot pink cast on his arm.

The fact that Griffin III will be wearing the pink sleeve during this month’s game will be great exposure for breast cancer awareness.

The Redskins are officially kicking off their “Think Pink” initiatives Tuesday, as Tanya Snyder — wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder and NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Spokesperson — Chris Cooley, the Redskins’ franchise leader in receptions by a tight end, and the Washington Redskins Community Relations Department, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, are hosting the fifth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park tomorrow.

More than 20 area women currently battling breast cancer, or “All-Stars,” will attend an afternoon of pampering, support and celebration. The breast cancer survivors will receive new jeans donated by Gap Inc., as well as new wigs, scarves, makeup and a custom-made pink and burgundy Redskins jersey.

The All-Stars will also be wearing pink New Era caps on-field during player introductions at the Redskins breast cancer awareness game, which will be held during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Be sure to follow the Redskins’ Twitter and Instagram feeds tomorrow for coverage from the All-Stars Survivors Celebration.


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10 Responses to “Griffin III: I’m Wearing Pink Sleeve”

  1. By bduncanscott on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The Breast Cancer “pink” bandwagon is the most SELFISH organization fund raising organization ever created. It probably the most financially successful and visible campaign but serves only ONE very specified group….Women! Meanwhile they are using Men to promote their self serving cause. Across the nation our favorite NFL teams and games are infested with Pink meanwhile if any Male athlete coach, personnel or their children were to come down with Cancer Susan G Coleman nor the Breast Cancer Awareness movement would not help nor benefit them AT ALL! i.e. Chuck Pagano… So there is nothing wrong with Breast cancer awareness but there is very much wrong with forcing other to take partin a cause that is self serving. And don’t tell me the ole “all theses men have mothers and wives propaganda” All these Men also have Fathers, brothers, and Sons “PINK” does not care about. Imagine I found the cure for cancer or had the financial ability to give treatment to cure cancer but told the world I would only cure cancer in adult males. No women no children. You don’t think Oprah and the rest of the worlds women would be in an uproar? That’s Susan G Colemans Breast Cancer awareness now, it’s a financial MEGA bandwagon for Women to draw attention to themselves by using other people shamelessly who they do not help.

  2. By Jim on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @bduncanscott i am not sure if you are aware of just how stupid that comment was. it clearly isnt enough money raised if people STILL get breast cancer and still die of it. how can it be too much funding if the target that its set still hasnt been reached? also, while the vast majority of breast cancer sufferers are women, you dont believe that should they make a breakthrough, that it wouldnt provide helpful information in combating other forms of cancer? also, all charities affect a specific subset of people. if you donate to a cause where aids is the benefactor, well, youre only donating to those who have aids. charity is not about donating because it might help YOU. it is so that you might help others. if you buy girlscout cookies, youre only helping women as well, is that a bad thing?

    moral reasons aside, this provides a spark in terms of raising the interest of football in women. the nfl is a business, and by supporting this organization, it helps provide a small step towards breaking into a massive and almost entirely untapped source of new fans/revenue.

    you are clearly uneducated on charities, economics, and really just being a giving human being.

  3. By sdhill on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    There are organizations for men too. The American Cancer Society with their relay for life which is non gender but when you go its shameful you see a lot more women then guys. maybe the outlook needs to be genders deal with things differently.

  4. By Be-Stunning on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    This specific group that this foundation serves are those with breast cancer…..as in its name. As men are also susciptible to breast cancer, they also benefit from this cause. Most every campaign/foundation in America is, and should be, specific in defining, and to addressing, its target audience. You couldn’t really have an organizational fund that just said “Give Us Money, and We Promise to Do Something Good With It!” Examples include:

    Special Olympics (do we question why its funds do not include those who are on the verge of foreclosure?)
    Leukemia (do we question why its funds do not include those striken with AIDS?)
    National Endowment for the Arts (what about its funds going to survivors of a natural disaster?)
    Farmers devastated by drought (should their funds go to the National Brotherhood of Get Your Facts Straight?)

  5. By Mikey C on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The pink movement and breast cancer awareness month do have a significant impact and donate a ton of money to fund research.

    However, from Wikipedia,

    “The Pink ribbon campaign is frequently used in cause-related marketing, a cooperation between non-profits and businesses to promote a product that also supports a cause. Because the pink ribbon is not licensed by any corporation, it is more open to being abused by businesses that donate little or none of their revenue to breast cancer research. While companies such as Estée Lauder have distributed over 70 million pink ribbons, and donated over $25 million to breast cancer research, other companies have been discovered using the pink ribbon inappropriately—either by not donating their profits, or by using the pink ribbon on products that include ingredients which cause cancer.”

    This is unrelated to the skins and the glorious rise of RGIII, so HAIL baby.

  6. By Bill on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @bduncan.

    Obviously you know NOTHING about Breast Cancer. Genetically, some men are predisposed to it (I was told I was predisposed, and starting in my 30s needed to be checked for the possibility, even as I was happily married and fathering children). In my case, a mutation generations back had made every single female blood related on my mother’s mother’s side for five generations have breast cancer (if she lived over 30, at least), normally before they reached 40. My mother and sister were the SOLE exceptions, until my mother got it four years ago, in her late 60s. My sister, in her 50s, still hasn’t had it. However, my mom mutated back… she doesn’t have the increased risk factor, so I’m now a normal risk. However, one of my MALE cousins has had breast cancer, too.

    And it’s not just that it hits women so much… it hits our wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, and daughters. It’s insidious… a piece of what makes them feel that they are a woman is betraying them, causing their illness. It steals lives, it steals hope, and it never quits until you kill it, or it kills you.

  7. By Albert on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    Why do you hate boobs?

  8. By Michael on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    Team should change name to Pinkskins.

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