Matthew Slater explains why he'll wear pink cleats on Sunday


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots special-teams captain Matthew Slater will wear pink cleats for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, a decision he said is an easy one as part of the NFL's breast cancer awareness campaign.

"There are several women in my life that have been affected by breast cancer; it's such a tough disease. My wife being a pathologist, she diagnoses breast cancer every day. So the more awareness we can build, the more momentum we can build to finding a cure, I think that would be awesome. That's my reason for wearing the shoes," Slater said Friday.

October has annually been the time when NFL teams wear pink, which Slater has felt good about since arriving as a fifth-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2008.

"I think it's great," he said. "All of us at one point in time have had a woman in our life that has meant the world to us and contributed to who we really are, no matter who you are, and this disease affects so many women and people we love. I think it's great that the NFL is conscious of that and is making an effort to build awareness."