Larry Fitzgerald about fulfilling a dream and promise: Graduating from college
Posted by Erica Molfetto in University
Covington Conversations: The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver joined a class of 900 students graduating from the University of Phoenix. Larry Fitzgerald has been busy. The past few weeks have been filled with coaching first through eighth graders at his annual ProCamp, raising funds for his non-profit, First Down Fund at his Sixth Annual Double Play Celebrity Softball and Charity Golf Classic, guest speaking about philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation and, oh … completing his college education.
The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver joined a class of 900 students graduating from the University of Phoenix on Saturday. Although Larry didn’t participate in the commencement he was there in spirit, tweeting, “Graduation day baby!”
“I am proud and honored by all of our graduates at University of Phoenix, and am thrilled to count Larry Fitzgerald as alumni of University of Phoenix," President Timothy P. Slottow said. "All of our graduates are sculpted by adversity — that’s true for Larry Fitzgerald, just as it is for those walking at commencement today. Having spent time with Larry, I am so impressed with his commitment and tenacity to finish this journey.“
Fitzgerald's journey has been a long one, taking a steep turn when he was drafted his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.
But although he has spent the next 13 years setting NFL records, Fitzgerald never lost sight of the goal of a college degree. It’s something he promised his mom when she was dying from breast cancer he shared during my first interview with him when we met about four years ago while working at 12 News.
May 19, 2016, Erica Molfetto