When you think of the the nicest guys in the NFL, you automatically think of Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald. He plays the game with a quiet confidence that is rarely seen in the NFL. There are so many divas, but Fitz wants nothing to do with how the those guys play the game. This season, more than most, you felt sorry for the way his offensive teammates played around him, but through all that, he still received an invite to the Pro Bowl. That is respect from around the league.
On Sunday, he was recognized as a finalist for the Walter Peyton Man of the Year award. The award is given to players that give enormous amounts back to their community as well as show excellence on the field. His charity, the Larry Fitzgerald First Down fund, provides kids with the opportunity to take part in positive activities during the summer. He has programs in Arizona, Minneapolis and Chicago.
In addition, he works with the foundation set up in his mother’s name to combat issues that she fought for before she passed away from breast cancer in 2003.
As Fitzgerald has grown as a player, so has his work with charity. He truly exemplifies how all players in the NFL should act on and off the field. If he does win the award, they will announce his name the night before Super Bowl XLVII. Fitzgerald has some tough competition though, as Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten and Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas are also finalists for the award. Either way, Fitzgerald should be proud of the way he represents the Cardinals and fans should recognize the work he does for their community.
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