The pink flags were part of the symbolism of the league's support of breast cancer awareness, and many of football's visual elements, other than the uniforms, are pink in October. The players' shoelaces, towels, referees' whistles and goalpost padding are all pink, but NFL spokesman Michael Signora said, after the New York Jets-Atlanta Falcons game Monday night, the pink penalty flags will be replaced, beginning with the Giants-Bears game Thursday.
The Kansas City (Mo.) Star noted the pink flags caused confusion among players, coaches, broadcasters and fans, saying, "Was that a penalty flag, or was it a player's pink towel fallen on the ground? Who could tell?"