This is a story about the NFL. But it's not really a story about football.
This is about a defensive lineman for the undefeated Arizona Cardinals and what that 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman will be wearing on the field during Thursday night's game in St. Louis against the Rams.
It's not really a story about Nick Eason.
"Make it all about Iris Wilcox," Eason instructed me, "not Nick Eason."
Iris Wilcox isn't the only reason Nick Eason will be wearing pink cleats and pink wristbands and pink gloves throughout the month of October. That will happen throughout the NFL, as players will be speckled in pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and add to the $3 million the league has raised for the American Cancer Society.
But when Eason tugs on those cleats and wristbands and gloves before each October game, Iris Wilcox, who was Eason's mother, will be the reason he'll say a prayer and give thanks for the time he had with her.
He used to save his game-worn gloves and cleats as memen...