Wide Receiver, AZ Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. is a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals that has leveraged his platform as a professional athlete to transcend into an impactful philanthropist and businessman. Mr. Fitzgerald started his professional football career after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft. He has played for 17 seasons with the team and has been a team captain for 11 seasons. He was selected to the NFL’s 100 All-Time Team, a team that honors the best players of the first 100 years of the NFL. He holds records in several statistical categories including franchise career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and total touchdowns. Outside of his football accomplishments, Fitzgerald is widely known as a strong community ambassador for the Cardinals and the NFL. In 2016, he was awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the NFL’s highest honor recognizing the charitable work of players. In 2015, he was also the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney NFL Sportsmanship Award presented for great sportsmanship and integrity in competition. Fitzgerald understands that his visibility as a professional athlete brings with it a responsibility and privilege to give back to the community. He recognizes and appreciates the support he received from his family and the community growing up that helped enable him to reach his full potential. Fitzgerald now works tirelessly to provide that support to youth throughout the country and the world through his charitable work. In 2005 Larry established The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund. The priorities of the fund are closing the reading and technology gap especially in under-resourced schools, supporting healthy activities for kids and their families, as well as breast cancer research and support. In addition to financial support, Mr. Fitzgerald’s philanthropic work has included volunteering to visiting children at schools and hospitals, service trips abroad, and serving on various boards and advisory committees. He has volunteered on service trips to support economic development projects in Senegal and Ethiopia, and has participated in numerous service trips to deliver hearing technology in several countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. Fitzgerald has developed strong corporate partnerships and has teamed up with Microsoft, Lenovo and Garth Brooks’ foundation to make significant technology donations to schools in Arizona and Minnesota. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation/Sports Matter and sponsors the University of Phoenix Focus to the Finish Scholarship Program. In addition to his football career and philanthropic work, Fitzgerald is a member of the Phoenix Suns’ ownership group where he will be able to leverage his unique combination of sports and business backgrounds. He is currently on the Board of Directors for DICK’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) where he is a member of the Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee.