It has been a mostly forgettable year for Larry Fitzgerald on the field, with the Cardinals struggling so much to make him a part of the offense. But off the field, Fitz continues to perform well, and it really isn’t surprising he will be the Cardinals’ representative for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award after he was named the winner of the team’s version Saturday.
Fitz will be presented a trophy before the Bears’ game tomorrow. The overall NFL Man of the Year award is announced Super Bowl week. The Cardinals’ Kurt Warner won it the year the Cardinals played in the Super Bowl. The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well his playing excellence. Finalists for the award received $5,000 for their charity of choice from NFL Charities. The winner receives a $25,000 donation.
Most of Fitz’s good works are well known. He has the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund to provide funds for positive activities for kids during the summer and throughout the year, with programs in Arizona, Minneapolis (his home city) and Chicago (where his family is from). He works with the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund, which was established in honor of his late mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2003. That focuses on issues Fitz’s mother crusaded for, including HIV/AIDS education and the fight against breast cancer.
Fitzgerald has traveled the world extensively, often working in charitable missions in Africa. In July, he flew to Uganda to assist President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea fit hearing aids for those in need.
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