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Larry Fitzgerald Has a Chance to Win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

January 29th, 2013 at 4:50 AM
By Steve Smith

 

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It would be quite an honor indeed.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of three finalists for this year's Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, which will be handed out this Saturday at the league's award show in New Orleans.

Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns are the other two finalists for the distinguished award, which recognizes a player's community service involvement, as well as on-field excellence.

Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens received the honor last year.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winner receives a $25,000 donation in his name to the charity of his choice.

Last August, Fitzgerald  was honored with Pro Football Weekly's Humanitarian of the Year Award for his outstanding community and charitable contributions. He has two foundations: the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund and the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund. Fitzgerald has also served as a spokesman for the NFL's A Crucial Catch campaign each of the last three seasons, where he has been donating funds for each catch and touchdown reception during the month of October. 

The University of Pittsburgh product has also worked extensively with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, a foundation that provides hearing aids for those in need throughout the continent of Africa. In addition, Fitzgerald has helped raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, which benefits injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Known for his strong support of the military, Fitzgerald also joined other NFL players on a USO Tour of Afghanistan and Iraq in 2009.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, Jason Witten, Joe Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Birk, NFL

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