Fitz is Man of the Year finalist

Posted by Darren Urban on January 20, 2013 – 6:12 pm

With the Super Bowl a couple of weeks away, the NFL announced Sunday the finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, including Larry Fitzgerald. The other two finalists are Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. The NFL Man of the Year award is announced Feb. 2, the night before the Super Bowl, during a nationally televised awards show on CBS. We already knew Fitz was the Cards’ Man of the Year (with that award presented to him by team president Michael Bidwill, pictured below.)

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.

The selection panel for the award is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Walter Payton’s wife Connie, Pro Football Hall of Fame members Frank Gifford and Anthony Munoz, 2011 winner Matt Birk of the Ravens, and Sports Illustrated football writer Peter King.

Fitzgerald has increased his profile in charity work as his NFL career has progressed. The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund provides 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, 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 also traveled the world extensively and often turned those trips in charity work, such as 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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15 Responses to “Fitz is Man of the Year finalist”

  1. By GW on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    CONGRATS! To the RAVENS and ANQUAN BOLDIN I WILL BE CHEERING FOR YOU TO WIN THE SUPERBOWL. you are still better than anyreciever on the cards EXCEPT FROM FIZT.

  2. By Brett n Co. on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats Larry! Hope you win it

  3. By clssylssy on Jan 20, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations Larry Fitzgerald on being nominated for the Walter Payton Award for your humanitarian works and unselfish acts of caring for your fellow man throughout the globe. Best wishes and much thanks to a truely great mam, as well as, to your good buddy Anquan Boldin for the work you both have done for t Oxfam. So proud to have had such great people a part of the Cardinal Organization and best wishes to Q in the SuperBowl against the stink’n 9ers. It’s inspiring to know that good things happen to good guys once in a blue moon and it would seem there is life beyond the Arizona Cardinals!

  4. By BIG RED on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Good Luck to the best receiver the Cards ever had, Anquan Boldin. Hope you get your well deserving Super Bowl win. Good Luck!!!!!

  5. By johnnybluenose on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    happy for fitz. certainly well deserved. and, as others have been quick to comment, i too am very happy for boldin. he will always be remembered as a cardinal. this time i think he gets a ring.

  6. By G. Witt on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to you Larry!!! It’s nice to see all the good work you do.It’s refreshing to see a great roll model for young people.Keep up the great work.

  7. By AndyStandsUp on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    While better than a kick in the head, if Fitz yields runner-up, he’ll have to fork over almost $3000 to make up the face mask fine he received vs. STL.
    $7800 plus for breaking up an INT and $5000 for being the second best NFL philanthropist.

    Doesn’t seem right.
    (And I realize NFL fines go to a charity.)

  8. By Andy Kw on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think anyone is going to draft Marcus Lattimore in the First Round. We should draft QB Geno Smith or Matt Barkley in the first round and if possible, draft LB Kevin Minter or Lattimore in the second. If Lattimore is available take him, if not, then take Minter. The 3rd and 4th round should be focused on Offense as well but if we don’t take a LB in the 2nd, then we take one in the 3rd. My final thoughts on the 2013 NFL Draft for the Cardinals:
    1.) QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)/ QB Matt Barkley (USC)
    2.) LB Kevin Minter (LSU)/ RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina)
    3.) RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)/ OT Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin)
    4.) WR Marcus Davis (Virginia Tech)/ WR Rodney Smith (Florida St.)
    5.) CB Melvin White (Louisiana-Lafayette)/ SS Zeke Motta (Notre Dame)
    6.) OG Theo Goins (Central Florida)/ OG Blaize Foltz (TCU)
    7.) DT Brent Russell (Georgia Southern)/ TE D.C. Jefferson (Rutgers)
    (Extra Picks from Vikings: OLB Cameron Lawrence (Mississippi St.), DE Quintin Diles (Alabama))

  9. By Anne Taylor on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations, Larry! We are so proud of you and you are most deserving of this award. You are a great example of kind deeds and good ethics, and a wonderful role model for us all!! Thank you!

  10. By clssylssy on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Should have been a starter in the ProBowl…you got cheated man!

  11. By Eazy E on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    I hope he wins it. At least he has a chance to win something of note.#Black Excellence

  12. By Scott H on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    As usual, Larry Fitzgerald finds a way to be the best story of the year when it comes to the Cardinals. Not that there was much competition this year, but…

    Sincerest congrats to Larry. Whether he wins the award or not, there is NO player in the NFL right now I would be more proud of wearing a cardinals’ uniform. While other pro atheletes spend their fortunes on mansions, cars, and bling, Larry Fitzgerald is out there in parts of the world most of us have never heard of touching lives and making them better. He clearly has many great years as a player left in him but it will be SUCH a great day when he is enshrined in the football HOF. No one could be more deserving.

  13. By pinn on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Larry is great and is deserving of this award.

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