CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Anchor Molly Gr antham ran into DeAngelo Williams and his family Tuesday afternoon in southwest Charlotte during the few hours the former Panthers player was in town.
The running back was let go from the team at the end of the 2014-2015 season, soon picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has made an instant mark with the Steelers – doing so well in his first two games he is second in the league in yards rushing this year.
"I came back because I wanted to help out the breast cancer cause here in Charlotte," he told Molly. "It's my day off. Don't have a lot of time, but as I've always said, pink is not a color for me. It's a lifestyle. I want to help spread the word and find a cure in Pittsburgh and in Charlotte. I don't want to forget the Carolinas."
Molly talked with him Tuesday right after he had his hair re-dyed pink, a style he has worn for over a year.
"October is approaching," he said. "Pink is something to recognize 365 days, but it's always good to get it going strong around October."
DeAngelo is a champion for the cause because it has hit his family hard. His mother died last year from breast cancer. Her four sisters – his aunts – all died years before from the disease.
For the past three years Molly and DeAngelo have co-emceed Komen Charlotte's "Race for the Cure" on the first Saturday in October. With his new schedule and new team in Pennsylvania, it is unclear if he'll be available to be here on the actual start day.
"But I still have my 'Williams Warriors' Team!" he said. "And I encourage anyone and everyone to join me in the fight against breast cancer by signing up for the team."
Team organizers say 'Williams Warriors' has about 250 people registered so far. DeAngelo and his family came into town for a private event for those team members.
Anyone can still join the team for October 3rd's Race.
If you'd like to sign up for 'Williams Warriors,' click here.
If you'd like to sign up for WBTV's "Team Molly," click here.
To get more information on the race in general, go to KomenCharlotte.org.
"Just get out there," DeAngelo said. "Support the cause in any way you can."
Again, "Race for the Cure" is October 3rd. WBTV airs the start line live on our Saturday morning show. The Race is the largest in Charlotte, with close to 20,000 people in Uptown that morning, all out to celebrate the many survivors and remember those who are there in spirit.
Molly will have more with DeAngelo – and what he has to say about his new football career – tonight on WBTV News at 11pm.