CFL players allowed to wear pink for cancer awareness month

The Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Kevin Huntley and other CFL players will be allowed to wear pink-coloured items during games this weekend to help raise awareness for women's cancers.
Toronto Argonauts lineman Kevin Huntley, left, will pay tribute to his grandmother this weekend by wearing pink Reebok gear during his game. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

 Kevin Huntley can finally pay tribute to his grandmother.   

The Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman and other CFL players will be allowed to wear pink-coloured items during games this weekend to help raise awareness for women's cancers. Huntley created a stir last year when he wanted to don pink apparel for a contest that was being broadcast in the U.S. in honour of his grandmother, an 87-year-old cancer survivor, but couldn't because it violated the CFL's uniform policy.   

"I didn't want to create a problem, I just wanted people to know I was dealing with something personally that meant a lot to me," Huntley said Tuesday. "That was a way I could show my grandmother how much I appreciate her and how proud I am that she dealt with something always with a smile on her face and always in stride and never once complained.   

"I'm a football player, this is what I prepare my body to do and I still have days where I complain, I'm sore and tired and don't feel like dealing with stuff. Yet she went through that and never complained and actually took time out of her day to ask me if I was OK or if I wanted her to make me something to eat. Man, that's amazing because if anyone had a reason to complain, it was her."   

Huntley, 29, knows that first-hand. When his grandmother was first diagnosed, it was the hulking six-foot-seven, 294-pound Huntley who took her to the chemotherapy sessions.   

Reebok will provide CFL players with pink gloves, wrist bands, helmet decals and other items. On-field officials will use pink whistles while coaches and team personnel will wear pink-coloured sideline gear.