Larry Fitzgerald to speak at John McCain memorial

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Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has received many awards and recognitions in his football career. He will receive many more.

But for him, the chance to speak at the memorial service for Sen. John McCain in Phoenix Thursday is something that nearly left him speechless, as he thought about: “The impact that he’s had on myself, Arizona, the nation. I’m just going to try to do the best I can.”

It’s truly one of the greatest honors of my life to be able to talk about somebody who served his country so passionately and had been so dedicated to policies of this nation,” Fitzgerald said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. “So, I was really taken aback by it.”

Fitzgerald has known the politician, statesman, and war hero for years, and McCain’s wife Cindy asked him to be a part of the Arizona service a few months ago after a visit.

The Cardinals wideout will speak before former Vice President Joe Biden, and he said he has been given five to seven minutes, which may present the greatest challenge.

“Fortunately, I’ve had some time to get prepared and put some of my thoughts on paper,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve had to kind of shorten it down. You have a short window. It’s tough to be able to get everything you want to say. How do you accurately be able to give somebody their due justice who served the United States for 60-plus years, I mean dedicated his entire life.

“You think about those 60-plus years and everything he’s done from his time served as a POW to all the years in the senate, the things he’s done her for the great state of Arizona — and to be able to do that in five or six minutes is extremely difficult. I’m going to do the best I can and try to honor him for the wonderful man that he is.”

The former senator and Presidential candidate was a fan of all the Phoenix professional sports franchises, and visited the Cardinals training camp last summer. Former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez and former Coyotes forward Shane Doan will also serve as pallbearers during Thursday’s ceremony.

17 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald to speak at John McCain memorial

  1. One of the greatest receivers of all time and one of the greatest class acts of all time. Larry Fitzgerald isn’t just good for football, he’s good for humanity.

  2. I am not a Cardinals fan but i really like Larry Fitz, he seems like a very smart, down to earth guy who doesn’t cause trouble and he will no doubt be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer.

  3. If you need to see everything through the lens of whether you agree with a person’s politics, you’re a very sick person. John McCain was a great man. That’s a fact. It’s why he’ll have both Presidents Obama and Bush 43 speaking at his memorial. No more different ideological Presidents have we had or more fierce competitors for him during his political career, but a lot like sports, when you get off the field, we’re all humans and most of us normal people can get past that to see who people are as actual people even if you disagree passionately on some things.

  4. He was a very good and decent family man himself.

    “No ma’am,” McCain said. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

    This ^^^ is how we should all conduct ourselves when we disagree with other Americans. Try to be more like John McCain and less like white trash.

  5. come on now, is this a joke? larry is great. mccain is trash. his daddy got him where he was. Mccain was terrible. how when he ran against obama he was a bigot and racist? now hes a god? how of his fellow sdiers did he kill by mistake? they guy met with isis and al qaeda leaders to overthrow assad!! called his wofe the c word in front of reporters. lets not forget about the fake dossier he peddled on trump. pro war with every country too

  6. factschecker says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:00 am
    He was a very good and decent family man himself.

    “No ma’am,” McCain said. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

    This ^^^ is how we should all conduct ourselves when we disagree with other Americans. Try to be more like John McCain and less like white trash.
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    A liberal talking about civil discourse in politics is hilarious. Did you right that with a straight face?

  7. A liberal talking about civil discourse in politics is hilarious. Did you right that with a straight face?
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    I’m an Independent if you must know. I often find the politicians on both sides equally repulsive. Most Americans are Independent. It’s just that Independents don’t have our own cable propaganda channel to tell us what we are suppose to parrot. We Independents tend to think for ourselves.

    Extremest ruin everything regardless of their affiliation.

  8. factschecker says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I’m an Independent if you must know.
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    Oh really? I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992. Then I started getting older and realized that Democrats were all lying anti American slobs.
    You walk like a duck and talk like a duck, you’re a liberal.

  9. Oh really? I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992. Then I started getting older and realized that Democrats were all lying anti American slobs.
    You walk like a duck and talk like a duck, you’re a liberal.
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    Some Americans that have to paint large groups of other Americans with a single brush is a big part of why we have so much social discourse.

    Is it really that hard for you to realize that each individual person has their own experiences that shape the person that they become? Or do you really truly honestly believe that everyone despite how, when, where they were raised and despite their own personal life experiences they should act and think exactly like you?

    I can only speak for myself. And I was raised old fashion. So even back in the 70’s I was raised like it was still the 1950’s. I was taught that I was not the center of the universe before I started kindergarten. I’m not special. I’m just like everyone else. Anything I get will have to be earned.

  10. factschecker says:

    August 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I’m an Independent if you must know. I often find the politicians on both sides equally repulsive. Most Americans are Independent. It’s just that Independents don’t have our own cable propaganda channel to tell us what we are suppose to parrot. We Independents tend to think for ourselves.

    Extremest ruin everything regardless of their affiliation.
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    Bravo sir… Some of us (Like you) can see through all the BS! It’s all to divide!

  11. I’m a west coast liberal who has rarely agreed with John McCain’s right-wing politics. The people calling him “trash” (and similar names) need to have their head examined. John McCain was a patriot. It’s very cool that Larry Fitzgerald is being asked to speak at his funeral.

  12. First of all joetotonto your opinion doesn’t count because everyone knows you’re an idiot. Second how can anyone troll sports blogs and bash someone who dedicated his life to our great country? Whether you agree with his politics or not. It’s disgusting to read those comments.

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