NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s not often that an 11-year-old gets the attention of the top guy in the NFL, but that’s exactly what Dante Cano , a fifth grader from New Jersey, did.
He wrote a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to make the penalty flags pink in support of breast cancer awareness, and the answer was yes.READ MORE: Can New York City Enforce Its COVID Vaccine Mandate On Private And Religious Schools?
Dante joined The Couch, along with his parents Laurie and Jose Cano, and his sister, Daniella.
“Since they wear pink cleats and pink gloves…the penalty flags, those are used a lot, and they can’t not be changed,” he said. “So why not make them pink?”
He said he was surprised when he heard back from NFL’s top guy.
“I didn’t think he’d respond,” he said.
And he wasn’t the only one. Dante’s parents were also quite taken aback.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane Released From Hospital 1 Month After Being Hit By Alleged Drunk Driver
“We were both like…’really?!'” said Jose Cano, Dante’s father. “Actually, Roger Goodell called the house, and my wife spoke to the commissioner, and I was jealous because I wasn’t home to receive the call.”
“He was a very nice gentleman,” Laurie, Dante’s mother, said. “Dante wants to know if he’s going to call back.”
Both parents said we’re quite proud.
“We’re beaming,” Jose said.
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