All Greg Olsen had to do was ask Jay Cutler to come in style for Sunday's game against the Lions, and the quarterback agreed.
Cutler and Olsen will be among a handful of Bears, including linebacker Lance Briggs, who will wear pink as part of the NFL's "A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives" breast cancer awareness campaign. There will be pink cleats, like the fancy one I snapped a picture of with the camera on the Blackberry, pink wrist bands, pink towels, pink hats, and pink C's on the jerseys for the captains. There might be even more pink, just no pink footballs.
Olsen's mother Sue Olsen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and is a survivor.
"I know it means a lot to Greg with his mom,'' Cutler said. "So he asked me probably a month ago if I'd wear the pink cleats. It should be interesting."
It does mean a lot to Olsen, who has talked openly about his family's situation since the Bears drafted him in the first round in 2007.
"I think it's great what the NFL is doing,'' Olsen said. "They've really picked it up even more so than last year. They've got a lot of cool things I think the fans are going to get a kick out of. Anything you can do with the platform we have and the amount of eyes that are watching our games, the amount of opportunities we have are endless. So we have a few cool things with the cleats and the gloves and what not but the bottom line we have to go out and play well but at the same time we also have a few things that will make it fun and pay our respects and do anything we can to help the cause.
"It kind of keeps everything in perspective about what's important. We all think this is life and death. Obviously, this is very important. But there's other things outside of what we do here. So it just shows if you can continue to fight through like she did and other people, you can fight through. Adversity is going to happen. So it teaches some lessons that kind of correlates with football. Things are going to happen on the field that aren't going to go your way early and late. You just have to keep going and if you continue to work and push through you'll come out the other side all right."