Fitz a humanitarian finalist

Posted by Darren Urban on June 14, 2017 – 12:20 pm

We already know the writers consider Larry Fitzgerald a good guy. But Fitz’s good works go well past a quote or two. That’s well documented, from his trips to foreign countries to his foundation raising money. He was named the NFL’s man of the year after all.

Now comes news that Fitz is a finalist for ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian award. He is up against Curtis Granderson of the Mets, golfer Ernie Els and Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames.

The award is part of a group of awards in the same vein — a team award will also be handed out, as well as a corporate award — with the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE awards. The honors will be handed out July 11.

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14 Responses to “Fitz a humanitarian finalist”

  1. By D on Jun 14, 2017 | Reply

    Sure appears the start of the next 10 months of Larry’s retirement tour..
    (we know, he wants to leave out the back door, but that will be difficult)

    Espn? Does anyone watch that channel any more? Thought that trend died years ago along with Airbrushed t-shirts..

  2. By Scott H on Jun 14, 2017 | Reply

    Wow, man. Just plain WOW. The wonderfulness of Fitz knows no boundaries.


    I have to say, as all of these off-the-field awards just keep piling up for Larry Fitzgerald, I can’t help feeling a dreaded sense of how it will feel ( for me ) to have seen him win every thing under the sun – except a Super Bowl. Anyone else feeling any of that? I mean….that will just be a shame if it plays out that way.

    His ( maybe ) never winning a SB will NEVER be a limitation to how I feel about him, as a player or as a man, but…..damn, it will just SUCK to see his trophy case have EVERY award any pro athlete could ever win ( and several that most pro athletes never did ) except a championship for the sport he played for so many years, at such a high level.

    I swear, if they DO win the SB this year….either Michael or Steven needs to steal a page from the Broncos and proclaim that “This one’s for Larry!”

  3. By Dana on Jun 14, 2017 | Reply

    What can you say except that Fitz once again demonstrates class and integrity in every phase of his life. I know he takes tremendous pride in being recognized for these important awards, and it’s nice to know there are so many athletes in different sports who play such prominent roles in helping others. I don’t know a lot of the personal stories of all of the thousands of American athletes, but I can think of no one more deserving of a championship than Fitz; even those who are not AZ. Cards’ fans would willingly congratulate such a top-notch human being.

  4. By Eazy E on Jun 15, 2017 | Reply

    I love Fitz as a player and I do believe he’s a decent Brotha, but I don’t like that he hasn’t spoken up on the Colin Kaepernick situation! We as Black Men need help too right here in Amerikkka!

  5. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2017 | Reply

    This isn’t about Kaepernick. At all. The people who are having this “issue” shouldn’t be projecting it onto others and then criticizing THEM for not speaking up about it.

    Maybe the people who aren’t speaking up don’t have anything to say because….well, frankly, there just isn’t anything TO say!

    Unbelievable. Here, Fitz is being recognized for his HUMANITARIANISM and we have – sorry to say – idiots who want to find fault with him because he hasn’t spoken up about…..Colin Kaepernick??? Are you kidding me?

    Yeah….he should stop spending all his time in foreign countries assisting with fund-raising so he can devote more of himself to Colin Kaepernick. Really, what is wrong with him???

    Then again, why isn’t Kaepernick spending more of HIS time in foreign countries to help with fund-raising? Wouldn’t that be a better use of his time than kneeling on the sidelines during football games?

    In football as in life – some guys belong on the field and some belong on the sidelines.

  6. By clssylssy on Jun 15, 2017 | Reply

    Scott, once again we are in agreement on the subject of Larry Fitzgerald! He is an extraordinary individual who never seems to be satisfied with settling for his past accomplishments but continues to find more ways to contribute to making life better in our world.
    And, I think it is to his credit, that he keeps his personal opinions about politics, etc., personal; it is not his job to either defend or judge the actions of another player. I think everyone is weary of the climate that exists today without continuing to beat a dead horse, that only serves to divide us.
    What an enormous gift Fitz has been to the Cardinals and the people of the valley, both on an off the field, continuing to set the bar higher and higher for young players to not only excel in football but as decent and caring human beings. I think it’s great that ESPN is recognizing the good works that all these professionals do as humanitarians.
    While I would like to see Fitz get a ring, years from now that is not what he is going to be remembered for, and if he needed a SB ring to define himself, he probably wouldn’t have stayed with the Cardinals. Sometimes the bigger picture is more than a SB ring.

  7. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2017 | Reply

    clssy –

    We’ve always been in total agreement on the subject of Larry Fitzgerald, yes. But, shoot, where Fitz is concerned….what is there to disagree about??? He is amazing on the field, he is amazing off the field. He is one of those special players who has basically already put himself into the HOF – while he is still playing. And he is very deserving of an opportunity to hoist a Lombardi Trophy.

    How anyone could disagree with any of that….is beyond me.

  8. By Eazy E on Jun 16, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H-

    Are you so wrapped up into football that you’re not paying close attention to what’s happening around you? Fitz is an eloquent and articulate Brotha, he could say something about the Kaepernick situation and the causes he’s supporting with his money and time! By the way, he is assisting other countries including poor Somalia with a plane going over there with like 50 tons of food, water, etc. Get your facts straight!

  9. By faster on Jun 16, 2017 | Reply

    ernie els? 🙂

  10. By Don Short on Jun 17, 2017 | Reply

    When he retires, I hope the team is able to keep him involved, in some way. He is a credit to himself, his family, his sport and the team. A great guy to root for. Garth Short

  11. By clssylssy on Jun 17, 2017 | Reply

    Easy E…
    When a person chooses to take a stance, there are consequences that he should be willing to be man enough to accept without expecting anyone else to shoulder the burden for. The good works that Kaepernick has been doing in the past year hopefully will prove to be selfless acts of kindness without ulterior movtives and will redeem him in the eyes of his critics. Hopefully, he will get a chance to still prove himself in the NFL, if he is as talented as many believe, and will have learned a valuable lesson about actions and consequences that will serve as an example for others.
    I still thinnk there is hope for him to have a career and throwing the race card doesn’t help him win over fans.

  12. By Eazy E on Jun 17, 2017 | Reply


    Their are consequences I agree especially when you’re going up against a racist system that got exposed again but he is definitely a Top 32 QB at worst and when you see Blaine Gabbert(His Backup), Mike Glennon, Ryan Fitzpatrick, etc. getting jobs, it ain’t about football bro. I don’t believe he has any ulterior motives in his selfless actions, but he should be treated fairly and decently as a good QB! He don’t have to appease any of the critics or haters because right is right and wrong is wrong and the people that don’t get that needs to look themselves in the mirror and be honest with themselves! What he’s doing is righteous and should be revered and not condemned, but of course that’s the world we live in nowadays which is sad!

  13. By Scott H on Jun 19, 2017 | Reply

    Eazy –

    Staying with your logic, how do you explain Johnny Manzel not having a job? Manzel is not African American, he was not protesting last year, and he was a first round pick. So, what could the reason possibly be? Simple – though a white player, he has the same problem as Kaepernick – he is just not a good NFL QB AND he has been a personality problem. So….it is about football.

  14. By Eazy E on Jun 21, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H-

    Johnny Manziel doesn’t have a job because of alcohol Scott! He has had legal issue after legal issue also, he can’t come close to comparing to Kaep off the field who has NO OFF THE FIELD ISSUES! As for on the field, Manziel hasn’t had that many starts, but when he did, his team went 2-6 and he looked like an expected rookie many times which is no shocker because he was a rookie! Kaep on the other hand, had way more success when he was given his opportunity back in the middle of 2012 on his way to leading his team to the SUPER BOWL and being THE REASON for it and was 5 yards away and a blatant pass interference from winning it! The next year he led them to a near 2 straight SUPER BOWLS if not for Richard Sherman’s blanket coverage on Crabtree and his pass being just inches off from a go-ahead score in the NFC Championship Game! The next year they went ”down” to an 8-8 record in lieu of Baalke and York not liking Harbaugh and eventually deciding on sabotaging him, but he beat them to it and resigned from the dysfunction! His next coach was Jim Tomsula who was in over his head and the talent had gone way down by then and he got hurt with his shoulder and needed surgery. After that year, they signed Chip Kelly who was not fit to be an NFL coach and was a disaster although Kaep still put up 16 TDs, 4 INTs(4 to 1 TD to INT ratio), 2,241 yards, 59.2%, 90.7 QB Rating, 465 rushing yards and 2 TDs. He has career numbers of 72 TDs, 30 INTs, 12,271 yards, 59.8%, 88.9 QB Rating, 2300 rushing yards and 13 TDs. He has a 32-32 wins-losses record(4-2 Playoff Record). Johnny didn’t play last year and his career averages aren’t even remotely close with 7 TDs, 7 INTs, 57.7%, 74.4 QB Rating, 259 Rushing yards and a TD. Don’t ever compare the 2 again Scott; I rest my case!

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