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DeAngelo Williams on Komen race: I'm more than just a football player

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

You probably know Panthers star Running back DeAngelo Williams, at least on the football field. He wants you to know he's more than just a football player.

"That #34 jersey with the Panthers head on it, I get a chance to put that aside," he says.  "I like when I get the opportunity to pick up my pink shirt, pick up my pink hat or socks or whatever I choose to wear that day for pink, and I get to step into the community.  I don't just live one life.  I don't just play football."

Williams is a big advocate of the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure.  This year it's Saturday, October 5th

He says he believes in fundraising for the breast cancer cause.  His mom is a two-time survivor. 

She finished her final chemotherapy treatment last week.  His mom's four sisters all died of the disease.

"I had four aunts," he says.  "Four. They all died before the age of 50.  My mom is the only one who lived past 50."

It's why Williams helped push pink into the NFL for the month of October getting players to wear pink shoes and gloves, and why he usually has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, Race for the Cure teams.

As of Tuesday, September 24th, "Williams Warriors" has over 280 members. 

His team, including their Belk Pink is Our Passion members, have raised over $24,000.  If you join his team and then also donate $50, you get a shirt signed by DeAngelo himself.

"It's important to me," he says.  "I want people to feel a part of the cause and my team."

JOIN "WILLIAMS WARRIORS" HERE: http://charlotte.info-komen.org/goto/williamswarriors13

WBTV also has two teams – "WBTV Boob Tube Team John" and "WBTV Boob Tube Team Molly".  Once you give the $35 donation/registration fee, you get two t-shirts - one from Komen and one from WBTV.

REGISTER FOR "TEAM JOHN": http://tinyurl.com/lwq6cda
REGISTER FOR "TEAM MOLLY": http://charlotte.info-komen.org/goto/TeamMolly

WBTV invites you – all of you! – to join the movement and help spread the word.

75% of the money raised stays in the Charlotte-area to help local women who battle, many who are uninsured or underinsured. 

The remaining 25% goes to the national Komen cause to help with grants, research and education.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Anchors Molly Grantham or John Carter.  MGrantham@wbtv.com or JCarter@wbtv.com

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