Arizona Cardinals Receiver Larry Fitzgerald Holds Fourth Annual Charity Event


Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver

Larry Fitzgerald

(11) hugs Seattle Seahawks cornerback

Richard Sherman

(25) following a 17-10 Arizona victory at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals sure struck gold when they drafted wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in 2004.  Not only did they get such a great player on the field, they got an even better person off of it.  The Cards receiver hosted his fourth annual Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale on Saturday Night.  It is an event that supports his charity, the First Down Fund.

The First Down Fund is an organization that supports kids and their families in time of need and also helps to support organizations that work with families with health-related issues.  The organization works tirelessly to do positive things for kids and their families.  This even helps raise funds for the organization.

Fitz’s dad, Larry Fitzgerald Sr. was an honorary coach for one teams while former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was the honorary coach for the the other team.  Celebrities such as singer Ashanti, music producer LT Hutton, actress and model Claudia Jordan, and musician Mike Phillips participated.  Also participating were some local professional athletes such as the Phoenix Suns Gerald Green and Markeef Morris.  NFL players Ndamukong Suh, Richard Sherman, and Jarius Byrd were also participating this evening. Of course it wouldn’t be a Larry Fitzgerald event without some of his teammates.  Guys like Jay Feely, Antonio Cromartie, Patrick Peterson, and Calais Campbell attended.

With the way the weather was earlier in the day, it was nice that those responsible above were able to allow the game to be played.  Based on Twitter reaction to those in attendance, a great time was had by all and participants took the time to sign autographs.  Hopefully this is an event that can continue for a long time coming.