Woman who was inspiration for putting NFL in pink has died
MAY 16, 2014 11:40p ET
The woman who inspired her son to make the NFL wear pink has died.
It was her struggle that led Williams to urge the NFL to have its players wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now, it's a common sight to see pink shoes, gloves and wristbands on the field during October.
In 2011, Williams told the Panthers' website: "Whether you're directly or indirectly affected by it, you know what it means when you put on the pink. When I put it on, I wear it because of my aunts and my mom and for everyone that has been diagnosed and those that have beat it.
"I feel that those battling cancer are the real warriors and soldiers. They're the ones we really wear pink for."