For many of the 49ers who will wear pink cleats, gloves and sweat bands this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, the opportunity to spread breast cancer awareness was something too good to pass up.
For defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, it’s a chance to honor his late grandmother.
Jean Francois lost his mother’s mother to breast cancer. And because of the difficulties associated with losing a loved one, the second-year player has appreciated the NFL’s month-long “A Crucial Catch” campaign for October, which has aimed to highlight the importance of annual cancer screenings for women.
“It is for a good cause. To support something as big as breast cancer awareness is huge, especially with how it’s happening in every sport,” Jean Francois said.
“When I wear the shoes and see how the league is all wearing pink, it really means a lot more.”
Jean Francois even urges his mother to get checked out regularly, “just to be safe.”
No question, he’ll be ready for a crucial game against the 49ers cross-town rivals, but Jean Francois will think about his grandmother too and all the brave breast cancer survivors. The 49ers will honor 49 of them on Sunday.
“It also makes me think about all the women who have had this disease. It’s a good feeling to see people support it and want to be a part of great cause,” Jean Francois said. “When you see everyone doing it, you know you’re doing the right thing.”
Another teammate who will don custom cleats is tight end Vernon Davis, who had Under Armour custom design them (pictured below) for Sunday’s game.
“It means a lot that we can support a great cause,” Davis said. “Breast cancer is very common, wearing pink cleats and spreading awareness is the least we can do. We’re trying to cure the disease, being a part of that is big.”
For more information on the NFL’s campaign, visit NFL.com/pink. You can donate to the cause, as well as bid on game-worn pink equipment.
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