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Former Alabama defensive lineman represents NFL breast cancer awareness month

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New York Jets' Quincy Williams, left, and Quinnen Williams celebrate after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Jets player, and former Crimson Tide defensive lineman, Quinnen Williams and his brother Quincy are the spokesmen for the NFL’s “Crucial Catch month” to raise awareness of breast cancer. The two are also ambassadors for the American Cancer Society. Their mother Marquischa died in 2010 from breast cancer. Each of the players wear a locket with a picture of her in it. “It means a lot to me, first and foremost, because my mom passed away, and she had it twice,” Quinnen told the AP. “I see the hardship that people go through and also the most emotional state people go through. I make it my platform to raise awareness and bring a bright light however I can to a negative situation.”

Quinnen and Quincy set an NFL mark last Sunday. With both getting sacks against the Titans, it was the first time since the statistic became official in 1982 that brothers took down a quarterback as teammates in the same game. Naturally, Quinnen and Quincy thought about their mom after the achievement. “It's a very great opportunity to play with my brother anytime, but this last time we dedicated the game to my mom, and that record was another positive,” Quincy said. “And we did it in October, when we always wear pink, a very important thing. We let people know they are not the only ones going through it.”