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Larry Fitzgerald pays tribute to his mother

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Every October, the NFL promotes breast cancer awareness by allowing the otherwise sacrosanct NFL uniform to be invaded by copious amounts of pink.

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who lost his mother to the disease in 2003, has taken the tribute a step farther, writing her name on each of his eye black strips.

A closeup of Fitzgerald in the first half showed “Carol” written in cursive under each eye.

The NFL usually prohibits the placement of messages on eye black.  After Week One, no fine was imposed on Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for similarly honoring deceased Ravens owner Art Modell.

It’s unlikely that the league will fine Fitzgerald.  Even if the league does, it will be money well spent for a man who was far too young to have lost his mother.

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16 Responses to “Larry Fitzgerald pays tribute to his mother”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:22 PM

    if they fine him it shows the true colors of the NFL

  2. Stiller43 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    I dont think the NFL will fine him, but heres a big F U to the league if they do. Raise awareness about breast cancer and a guy cant pay a tribute to his mom who succombed to that very disease.

  3. junior559 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    hes a great son and great player

  4. gvicknair says: Oct 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    @fitzmagic1212: Couldn’t agree more!!!

  5. fantasticfootballguru says: Oct 4, 2012 10:35 PM

    NFL should be proud of Fitzgerald a true professional

  6. cowboys8819 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:43 PM

    Not a Cards fan but this hit is an exceptional role model to all kids and his fans. Good for you Larry your Mother is smiling down on you!

  7. citizenstrange says: Oct 4, 2012 10:49 PM

    The NFL Network on Time Warner in Los Angeles has been just a black screen since early in the first quarter. Is this what I’ve been missing?

  8. berniemadoffsides says: Oct 4, 2012 10:58 PM

    Very doubtful he’s fined. In fact, they’ll likely make a formal rule regarding an exception for this exact cause.

  9. footballer4ever says: Oct 4, 2012 11:02 PM

    Tebow, it’s your queue to pay tribute ala Ray Lewis-Fitzgerald. If Ray can pay tribute to a mundane NFL owner then i am sure you should/must pay tribute to your God. I bet 10k if Tebow does it, he gets fined or reprimanded without a doubt.

  10. raiderinva says: Oct 4, 2012 11:08 PM

    Even negative publicity is good publicity.

    The NFL should fine Mr. Fitzgerald just like they would any other player in the NFL that would do the same thing.

    Not only should the NFL fine Larry, but they should pick up the tab and match it dollar for dollar in the name of Carol Fitzgerald. With all funds being donated to breast cancer awareness.

    That would hit the trifecta….
    NFL maintains its rules and appears to step up.
    Larry brings highlights awareness and honors his mother.
    Breast Cancer Awareness gets a bigger stage and more funds.

  11. rickastleydancemoves says: Oct 4, 2012 11:20 PM

    But if Cam Newton did it…

  12. herlies says: Oct 4, 2012 11:51 PM

    -“if they fine him it shows the true colors of the NFL”-

    Wrong.

    Messages on eye black is against NFL rules.

    Larry knows he will be fined. He’s okay with it.

  13. kwalk4780 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:46 AM

    Class act! Too bad he does not have a QB that can get him the ball.

  14. joewilliesshnoz says: Oct 5, 2012 12:46 AM

    A class act, just got classier !

  15. warewolf94 says: Oct 5, 2012 1:20 AM

    Mr. Fitzgerald is my idol, a great player, even better person off the field

  16. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2012 6:06 AM

    Fitz is as good as it gets, on and off the field, a rare find in this day & age.

    Having said that, if they allow this, what else do they have to allow?

    It’s a slippery slope, unfortunately.

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