October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the NFL takes up the cause in a big way. At the forefront, as usual, is Larry Fitzgerald, because of both his high-profile as a player and his unfortunate circumstances, given that his mother died of the disease when Fitz was still in college.
Fitzgerald, as mentioned yesterday, will donate $1,000 per reception he grabs and $10,000 per touchdown he scores in the Cards’ four October games (they have a bye Oct. 16). He was set to do a sit-down interview with the NFL Network after practice today talking about his involvement (which he did with me yesterday).
“I just feel privileged to be a part of it,” Fitzgerald said. “I am happy the NFL has done this and raised so much awareness. It gets so much publicity. Early detection is the key I believe, and this raises awareness so women get the mammograms and get checked. If we can save one mother, one sister, one daughter, I think the NFL is doing their part.”
The death of Carol Fitzgerald, not surprisingly, impacted Larry greatly. It’s been a theme in his life too. He decided to surprise a pair of breast cancer survivors with a trip to Hawaii during the Pro Bowl this past February, and it wasn’t lost on him that a “random” follower who won a Twitter contest for another Pro Bowl trip was also a cancer survivor.
“It’s hard for me all the time, every time I think of my mother,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m not the only one. (Assistant defensive backs coach) Deshea Townsend’s mom died of breast cancer. It’s around the league. I feel as though, in the position I am in and dealing with what I have dealt with, I need to take a leadership role.”
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