For New England Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton, observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t
merely a league ritual, it’s a celebration. Number 59 plays with extra fire in his belly every game – not only in October – in honor of the real fighter in his life: his mother Janice, a breast cancer survivor.
The Hinesville, Ga. native is a former Georgia Tech starter, where he was a teammate of Lions Chick’s
beloved Megatron (!) During his bye week, the fourth-year player chatted with the chicks to tell why
his pink is personal.
Q: Tell me a little about your connection to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A: My mother was diagnosed eight years ago, while I was a senior in high school. It hit me kinda
heavy. My heart dropped, being it’s your mother. She’s eight years removed now and doing well.
Q: How does breast cancer affect the men in that person’s life?
A: It affects the men because you’re a loved one in their life. It definitely affected me because as a man,
you want to be a protector and provider. At that time, women show they are a lot stronger than you
think they are. As a man, you want to make things better for the women around you, but women are
Q: You’ve shared that your mother actually helped you and your family to get through the situation.
A: She definitely kept a positive outlook, and always keeping a smile made things easier. She would
say, “Don’t worry about me baby.” We have a very loving family. We’d watch movies together and
spend time together and it helped to put things to the side. Seeing that she wasn’t suffering made it
easier on me to get through.
Q: Does that motivate you a little more when you hit the field in October?
A: When I wear my pink I’m doing it for her, and she knows that. Every year I give her a piece of my
clothing to let her know this is for her. And every morning she calls me and asks me the same question.
If she doesn’t call me by noon I call her to hear it. She sings it out, “Are you ready for some football?”
Then I’m good to go.
Q: Tell me a little about the Patriots’ “Kick Cancer Campaign” and your advocacy work.
A: The Kick Cancer Campaign is to find ways to support research to find a cure and actually be
victorious against this thing. Today I gave my time. It’s really easy to give money, but I always give my
time, whether it’s by helping guys who are having large fundraisers, donating to Susan G. Komen or
Q: What would you like the Chicks to know about breast cancer awareness?
A: I definitely believe in early detection. I encourage all the ladies to go get checked out. My mom
calls me to let me know when she’s going for her checkups and how it goes. Early detection is early
prevention, I really believe that.
Q: Finally, what would you like Chicks in the Huddle to know about you?
A: Women who love football, those who are passionate about it as much as I am, I really appreciate
that. Some of the craziest fans I’ve met are female. Ladies who love football just have a different
personality that I can connect with. They have a different outlook on life and the way they handle