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Boy’s idea scores with the NFL

Dante Cano gives pink flags to officials before a game between the Jets and the Dolphins. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

Today is, of course, October 31 — Halloween. But it’s also the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so this is a story about an 11-year-old boy whose idea made a difference.

Every year, the National Football League turns pink in October, because pink is the color associated with fighting breast cancer. Players wear pink shoes, socks or wristbands, and they use pink towels.

But Dante Cano, a fifth-grader from New Jersey, thought the yellow flags that referees throw when there’s a penalty should also be pink, so we he wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL thought Dante’s idea was so good that it made pink flags for the October 28 game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Dante got to give the special flags to the referees before the game.

“Dante had a great idea,” Goodell said before Sunday’s game. “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

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