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49ers Wear Pink with a Purpose

Posted by Taylor Price on October 15, 2010 – 3:45 PM

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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4 Responses to “49ers Wear Pink with a Purpose”

  1. By NinerGal16 on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    I am currently fighting breast cancer myself. It is the hardest thing I have ever had to do but I am fighting like a girl. It means so much to see my beloved Niners wearing pink to raise awareness of this horrible disease. Go Niners kick butt!!!

  2. By robert esch on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    My wife is a breast cancer survivor and i think it is absolutley great of all the teams and players are helping to bring awareness to terrible diesease. If it can help to save even one life, then,thank you one and all.

  3. By Kevin on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I think this is a great thing the NFL and the Niners are doing to support breast cancer awareness. My mom is a survivor. I have one question and maybe this has been brought up. I have great respect for Mike Singletary but can anyone tell me if he is wearing anything pink to support the cause? With all the TV coverage and seeing other coaches representing … Why not Mike?? What’s up?? I am a 35 yr
    Niner fan and just don’t get this simple gesture of support. Am I missing something??

  4. By Kevin on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Keep fighting Niner Gal. Positive thinking is good medicine too. My Mom is a 12 yr survivor and you can do it too. Be proud you are a fighter! The best of luck and prayers for you. Keep it up. You will beat it!!

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