DeAngelo Williams honored his late mother Sunday by dying his dreadlocks, toes and fingernails pink, according to ESPN.
Panthers DeAngelo Williams dyed his dreadlocks pink to honor his late mother Sandra Hill, who lost her battle to cancer in May. Well done.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 7, 2014
Williams' mother, Sandra Hill, passed away on May 16, 2014, after a protracted battle with breast cancer. The color pink symbolizes breast cancer awareness efforts, which come to a head this October during breast cancer awareness month.
Writing on Sports Illustrated's MMQB blog, Williams noted cancer awareness is especially important to him because the disease has affected so many of his family members:
Breast cancer, whether I like it or not, is part of my family’s story. That’s why I am so passionate about raising awareness, because I have seen firsthand how it can impact others. One time, a lady came up to me and said she was going to get examined just because she saw me wearing pink cleats during a game. I walked away thinking, Wow, pink is really so much more than just a color. It’s a lifesaver. It’s awareness. If we reach one, we reach millions. If we reach millions, we’re doing our job and getting closer to finding a cure.
Carolina's game Sunday against Tampa Bay will be Williams' first regular season game since his mother's passing.
- Will Green