Larry Fitzgerald: Much More than an NFL Player

Larry Fitzgerald: Much More than an NFL Player

Jack Korenyi-Both, Sophomore Staff Writer

Larry Fitzgerald, number 11 of the Arizona Cardinals (NFL team), is an all- pro veteran wide receiver, spending his 10th season in the NFL making big differences on and off the field. Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most skilled wide receivers in the National Football League, achieving and breaking new records every season.  As of week 13 of the regular season, Fitzgerald has had 55 receptions, for 678 yards, and 9 touchdowns, averaging 12.3 yards a catch. Larry Fitzgerald’s stats for his entire NFL career include 819 receptions for 11,091 yards, for 86 touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per catch.

Fitzgerald has received numerous awards throughout his college career at Pitt and with the Arizona Cardinals, as listed here:    7× Pro Bowl (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012); AP First-Team All-Pro selection (2008);  2× AP Second-Team All-Pro selection (2009, 2011);  NFC receiving yards leader (2008); Pro Bowl MVP (2009);  University of Pittsburgh #1 Jersey Retirement (2013);  Unanimous All-American (2003);  First-team All-Big East (2003);  Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2003); Fred Biletnikoff Award (2003); Paul Warfield Trophy (2003); and  Walter Camp Award (2003).

Larry Fitzgerald’s immediate family consists of his father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr.;  mother, Carol,  who died of a brain hemorrhage while being treated for breast cancer in 2003;  a younger brother, Marcus Fitzgerald, who is a wide receiver for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League;  and a son named Devin.  The death of his mother, by the hand of cancer, inspired him to go above and beyond what any football player has ever done, starting foundations, raising money, and spreading the word of the dangers of many conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer. 

For Larry’s efforts, exerting courage and generosity, he was the recipient of the 2013 NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award which is awarded to a player who is  “….a leader in the sports industry whose life and family have been touched by cancer, and who encourages cancer research, prevention and treatment through awareness and philanthropy,’’ according to ESPN.  Fitzgerald has achieved a number of remarkable successes on and off the field and continues to remain humble, as he states, “I’m extremely honored and extremely humbled,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s a lot of guys who do a lot of great work around the league and I don’t think guys get enough credit for all the good things they do. You just hear about the negative.”

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