TORONTO - Kevin Huntley wasn't looking to make a fashion statement when he arrived at Argos practice on Tuesday sporting pink colours.
If it were in his hands, Huntley would don the same look on Friday when the Argos play host to the Ticats, but he knows the CFL wouldn't approve.
What Huntley was aiming to do was raise awareness for those touched by breast cancer.
His grandmother, Bertha Huntley, is a breast cancer survivor, a role model whose plight and courage serve as important reminders to the Argos behemoth defensive lineman.
"Wearing pink is an opportunity to show how much I appreciate her and all she's been through," Huntley said. "I love her to death and she's my little lady.
"By no means am I making a fashion statement. This is personal."
As Huntley made a point of noting that this is breast cancer awareness month, but if prostrate cancer was being highlighted he would have chosen a lavender colour.
"It's all about support, not just breast cancer," he added. "I'd support any family whose loved one has gone through this ordeal. Anyone who has experienced this knows the sacrifices that are made. at the end of the day, football is all about sacrifices."
Huntley, who missed Saturday's win in Regina with a shoulder injury, will be back at his familiar tackle spot on Friday. He leads the Argos with nine sacks.
Huntley is listed at 6-foot-7 and weighing close to 300 pounds, but he's such a gentle and caring man.
"Football is a masculine sport and what better way to show our support to women by wearing pink," he said. "At the heart of it, all men are mama's boy. I suppose what I'm doing in wearing pink is showing my softer side. I just think it speaks volumes for people who want to step outside the box and do something different."
In the NFL, players are wearing pink gear, items that will be auctioned off in support of breast cancer.
The CFL isn't in any position to support one particular cause, which is why Huntley would violate the league's dress code in a game.
Earlier this year, Argos offensive guard Taylor Robertson used the occasion of his 30th birthday to unveil an initiative to honour his late mother, who succumbed to breast cancer when he was 7 years old.
Huntley is an advocate of Taylor's awareness, dubbed Life on the Line, where anyone wanting to contribute can by visiting tr65.ca.