Former Pitt Star Larry Fitzgerald Wins Humanitarian Award

Former Pitt star Larry Fitzgerald added another honor to his outstanding career - this one came for his work off the field.

Now with the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald was named the Pro Football Weekly Arthur Arkush Humanitarian Award. The honor is given annually to a player for their off-field contributions to their community and charity organizations.

Pitt's official website acknowledged some of his many contributions:

The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund pays for positive activities for kids during the summer and throughout the year, with programs in Arizona, Minneapolis and Chicago. It also makes significant contributions — in time, money and resources — to numerous organizations throughout the United States.

His work with the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund, which was established in honor of his late mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2003, offers support of causes that Fitzgerald’s mother held dear, including educating urban youth about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues.

He has traveled to Africa multiple times, both on humanitarian missions with his good friend Anquan Boldin and on behalf of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. His most recent trip to the continent was in late July right before training camp when he flew to Uganda to assist former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea fit hearing aids for those in need.

His use of social media has been exemplary. Through Twitter and Facebook he connects with his fans while also benefiting others. For example, he created "Gimme 5 Fridays with Fitz," during which he tweets to his huge following (more than 1.3 million) and asks "Team Fitzgerald" to text HAND to 50555 to donate $5 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Talking about Fitzgerald making an impact on and off the field would be an understatement and beating it into the ground would just be plain cheesy. But he's still made the program extremely proud and since going to the NFL about a decade ago, he's been an incredible ambassador for Pitt.

Congrats to Fitz for an awesome and deserved honor.

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