(THIS IS A REPOST FROM JORDIN SPARKS INSTAGRAM POST.)
I want to take a moment to acknowledge my friend, Larry Fitzgerald. You all know what he does on the field. His work ethic, production and focus. Then the commercials, the lights and the interviews. You know he’s one of the best in the NFL right now & definitely one of the best to ever play. But it’s what he does when the cameras are off, when the fans go home and uniform is hung up to dry for the next game.
His heart is bigger than anything you’ve seen displayed on the field. Putting the game on his shoulders, in the playoffs last year, against Green Bay? His heart is bigger. Taking it to the house in the last two minutes of Super Bowl 43? Yep, his heart is still bigger. Standing tall, at the podium, after one of the biggest disappointments in his sports career? His heart is bigger still.
No matter where he is, Larry is always wanting to make an impact on the community and the youth.
Whether it’s in his hometown of Minneapolis, the AZ community, across the country or abroad. We both traveled to Rwanda, with Starkey Hearing, to fit & give free hearing aids to anyone who needed them. Hours would pass and he, just like the incredible Bill Austin, would still be fitting kids or parents until the last person was seen. I was inspired by that and challenged to give until I can give no more.
He was my friend before anyone knew my name and has always been so supportive of me, my family, career & charity work with The M.A.D Girls & Jordin Sparks Experience. He’s been to almost every single one, with that trademark smile of his, and with a willing spirit. Looking back through these pictures, it’s amazing to see how much time has passed…and we’re still running on fumes!
Today, as you are one of three finalists up for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, I want to say congratulations. It would take days to list all the amazing things you do for others but I’ll let people discover that on their own. You deserve it more than anyone I know.
You may be ‘the man of the year’ to some but, to me, you’re just my confidant and friend and I’m honored to call you so.