Why some men wear pink in the NFL
It’s a tradition, a fashion statement, a personal statement.
It’s all part of the fabric of masculinity, according to New York Jets cornerback Brandon Marshall, who has been wearing a pink jersey in the locker room and has been dubbed the “pink man.”
But he also sees the color as a way to express the frustration he feels with the state of the NFL.
The Jets cornerback said he’s used to the color, which he wears with his black shirt tucked in, to reflect his frustration with the league.
He said the color has become part of his identity.
“You know, I can’t say it’s a badge of honor or anything like that, but it’s just a reflection of a sense of being in the middle of the ocean,” Marshall said.
“It’s a little bit of a symbol of being at the bottom of the world.”
A new generation of players have embraced the color.
In the last few years, the league has moved to more diverse uniforms, from green to gold, purple to white and red to gold.
The idea is to help young players feel comfortable and show they belong, Marshall said, adding that he doesn’t think it’s offensive to his teammates.
But he said he doesn.
“If you think about it, I am a white guy and you’re not, so we’re kind of going to have to get used to it,” Marshall, 22, said.
“[If you’re a young player] you’re just trying to get yourself over here and prove you’re cool.
It doesn’t really make sense.
You just look at the numbers and you don’t know how to act.”
The idea behind the pink jersey is simple: to show that we don’t really have a problem with white guys, Marshall says.
“I’m not trying to make fun of the color,” Marshall added.
“When we’re in the stands and somebody’s like, ‘Oh, it’s pink’ I’m like, well, you’re probably right.”
The color is a way for him to show his frustration, Marshall added, but he also said he would love to see the color become more inclusive in the future.
The NFL has tried to make a statement with the recent rollout of the gender pay gap, which is currently at $15,000 for women and $20,000 or $30,000 depending on the grade, Marshall explained.
The league has said it wants to make sure everyone can be successful in the game, even if they don’t look like someone in the media.
“We want everybody to feel they have a chance to be successful,” Marshall explained, adding it doesn’t matter how they look.
“A lot of times we’ll talk about the number, but we’re just talking about a person.”
A lot of the players he plays with, like cornerback Antonio Cromartie, don’t feel that way.
“To me, pink is a representation of just being able to see a lot of people,” Cromarti said.
Marshall also sees his color as another way to communicate with the younger players in his locker room.
“My mom is like, oh, I love this color,” he said.